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    Social movements in the U.S. demand a prison system reform. | Photo: Reuters

Published 7 June 2016

Prisoners in the U.S. facility are protesting against what they call 'physical and psychological torture.'

A dozen U.S. inmates at Waupun Correctional Institution in Wisconsin plan to launch a hunger strike to protest that they are being held in indefinite solitary confinement, according to the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism.

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Prisoners seek to end a practice used by guards to "keep order" inside the institution – an inhumane practice that over 100 inmates have suffering for years, and in some case decades.

One of the inmates promoting the strike is LaRon McKinley Bey who has been in solitary confinement for 25 years. He spends 23 hours a day alone in a cell, is escorted to showers and led to a recreational area, only to be caged. He received a 262-year sentence for robbing and tying up two women in 1984, as well as an escape in 1986 in which he shot a sheriff.

Prisoners are demanding a one-year limit for solitary confinement, and oversight during that time. They seek to improve mental health treatment for these inmates and even a federal investigation into what they describe as a “mind control program.”

The strike is set to begin on Friday, June 10.

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The Industrial Workers of the World, or IWW, in Milwaukee support the strike and hope it will spread to other prisons in the U.S.

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The United Nations said in 2011 that all countries must ban solitary confinement, saying it is a form of torture.

“Segregation, isolation, separation, cellular, lockdown, Supermax, the hole, Secure Housing Unit… whatever the name, solitary confinement should be banned by States as a punishment or extortion technique,” said UN Special Rapporteur on torture Juan Méndez.

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