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George Will / Solitary confinement takes a costly toll on prisoners

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Posted: Thursday, February 21, 2013 12:01 am

"Zero Dark Thirty," a nominee for an Oscar as Best Picture, reignited debate about whether the waterboarding of terrorism suspects was torture. This practice, which ended in 2003, was used on only three suspects. Meanwhile, tens of thousands of American prison inmates are kept in protracted solitary confinement that arguably constitutes torture and probably violates the Eighth Amendment prohibition of "cruel and unusual punishments."

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