Northwest Voices | Letters to the Editor
Washington state re-evaluates solitary confinement in prisons
Prisoners should be rehabilitated, not punished
Thank you for both Jonathan Martin’s lead article “State rethinks solitary cells” [page one, Jan. 8] and Michael Marks’s excellent op-ed “Torture interrogations do not work” [Opinion, Jan. 8].
The recent Senate Intelligence Committee’s extensive research adds to data quoted in you’re the articles to support the decision that there should be no torture permitted or encouraged by any agency of the USA.
“Enhanced interrogation” is torture. Solitary confinement is torture. Rehabilitation, not punishment should determine policy for prisoners. Morality, not cruelty should define treatment for every human being.
-- Mary Margaret Pruitt, Seattle