Target: Ms. Loretta Lynch, Attorney General of the United States of America
Goal: Admit U.N. Human Rights inspectors into U.S. prisons.
Despite a growing number of abuse charges against prisons in the United States, inspectors from the United Nations’ Human Rights arm have been routinely barred from entry. It would seem that, for some reason, the United States does not want the U.N. to see what is happening inside prisons across the country. These inspectors must be allowed to enter any prison they choose to ensure that no harm is coming to the nearly two and a half million American citizens languishing there.
The United States has a prison problem; it is home to 5 percent of the world’s population but almost 25 percent of the world’s prisoners. These astronomical incarceration numbers mean that often the needs and human rights of the prisoners are neglected. For example, many prison guards are shamelessly overworked and the prisons that they work at are understaffed.
What this leads to is more confrontation between prisoners, and a greater probability of being thrown into solitary confinement for extended periods of time. On top of this, it is well documented that many inmates are put into solitary confinement arbitrarily or for minor wrongdoing. The thing about arbitrary solitary confinement is that the U.N. considers it a breach of the Convention Against Torture. Effectively, in the eyes of the U.N. Human Rights Council, the United States is torturing its inmates when it is supposed to be rehabilitating them.
The burden of these atrocities does not lie strictly with the prisons in which they take place. It’s important to follow any problem to its roots and those roots are in a corrupt, racially biased, puritanical criminal justice system that punishes smoking weed and murder in a similar way. The fix for this issue will not come from prison reform, it will come from criminal justice reform. Please sign here to demand that U.N. inspectors be allowed into U.S. prisons so they can at least expose the horrible conditions some of these inmates are kept in and start the ball rolling towards a better criminal justice system.
Dear Attorney General Lynch,
I am writing to you about a matter of great sensitivity and importance: the United States’ prison problem. When a country is home to 5 percent of the world’s population and nearly 25 percent of its prisoners, it cannot be argued that there is no problem. On top of this, many prisons in the U.S. have barred U.N. Human Rights investigators from their facilities. Why would they do such a thing if they had nothing to hide?
Many of these prisons are guilty of arbitrary solitary confinement, torture according to the U.N., and they are attempting to cover it up by not allowing investigators in. I am writing to demand that they be granted entry into these facilities so that they can shed light on what happens within them. Hopefully, exposing the horror that is our current way of dealing with things would start a debate on how to reform the criminal justice system. Thank you for your cooperation, Attorney General Lynch. The world is watching.
[Your Name Here]
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