AOC calls solitary confinement ‘torture’ after learning Manafort ,
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, pursuing the progressive agenda of ending solitary confinement in prisons, chose an unlikely symbol for the cause Wednesday:
Reacting to the news on Twitter Wednesday, Ocasio-Cortez, whose district includes the island in the East River where the complex of jails is located,
“A prison sentence is not a license for gov torture and human rights violations,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted. “That’s what solitary confinement is.”
Progressive activists and organizations including the American Civil Liberties Union have called for an end to
Solitary confinement, which many prisons use as a form of punishment for inmates who break the rules. It typically means locking the prisoner in his or her cell for 23 hours a day.
But according to the Times, high-profile inmates like Manafort are generally held in protective custody and isolated from the general population on Rikers,
which holds around 7,500 detainees awaiting trial, or prisoners serving short sentences. The city plans to phase out the complex in the next decade.
The conviction led to speculation that Trump may pardon Manafort, who Mueller said lied to investigators.
In March, the Manhattan district attorney brought a new case against Manafort, charging him with 16 felonies, including residential mortgage fraud.New York City’s notorious jail complex on Rikers Island to await trial on state charges related to his past financial dealings