State Rep. Juan Mendez was told this week that his prayer wasn't the right kind of prayer.
Arizona state Rep. Juan Mendez says he just wants to be included.
We Americans like to think of our nation as the "shining city on a hill," as a protector of human rights, a beacon for the rest of the world. The reality, however, is that widespread torture is happening today in our own country, especially in state and federal prisons and detention facilities.
Of the 368,644 people deported last fiscal year, 82 percent had been convicted of a crime at some point, according to ICE
The demands of the hunger strikers are reasonable: an end to long-term indefinite solitary confinement, a telephone call now and then, some sunshine, a look at a tree, a bird, classes, the chance to hug their children, grandchildren, wife, mother, friend, group interaction.
Last week atheists were all over the news and social media. But in a world that frequently focuses on conflict, it seemed like we were hearing a different -- and to many, surprising -- story about atheists.
Some weeks, not much happens in political news, and other weeks it seems like almost too much happens. This was one of the latter types of week.
Our justice system should not rely on solitary confinement for safety -- it is cruel, ineffective, and expensive to continue defending the supermax model.
A lengthy solitary confinement can cause serious mental and physical damage and be considered torture, according to Juan Mendez, the United Nations rapporteur into torture.
Spearheading these activities is the National Religious Campaign Against Torture (NCRAT). They have been at the forefront