[Once upon a time not so very long ago the French bore the reputation for the most brutal prison system of a developed country — Devil’s Island:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Devil’s_Island

It was closed down in 1952.

Unhappily the U.S. now has appropriated the reputation for most brutal treatment of prisoners — both at home and in the various other locations — Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo, and elsewhere rendered.  Our system abounds with mind destroying practices — solitary confinement, brutal treatment of prisoners.  Such was the situation in Brooklyn shortly after 9/11 where one of the guards assigned to guard Muslims accused of visa violations battered them along with his fellows and then went on to Abu Ghraib where his widely pictured brutalities eventually led to his prosecution and conviction:

http://www.bloggernews.net/2006/09/thousands-of-immigrants-held-by.html

The report below in the Monitor on the effects of Jose Padilla’s incarceration should be writ large in witness of the thousands of others whose minds are being destroyed in our prison system — where the numbers have now grown to some 2.2+ million:

http://www.reuters.com/article/domesticNews/idUSN2637053120070627

Ed Kent]

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US terror interrogation went too far, experts say
Reports find that Jose Padilla’s solitary confinement led to mental problems By Warren Richey
http://www.csmonitor.com/2007/0813/p01s03-usju.html?s=hns

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