USA: "Not part of my sentence": Violations of the human rights of women in custody

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February 28, 1999

USA: "Not part of my sentence": Violations of the human rights of women in custody

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UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

RIGHTS FOR ALL

"Not part of my sentence"
Violations of the Human Rights of Women in Custody

CONTENTS

Introduction
US Resistance to International Human Rights Commitments
Recommendations on acceptance of international human rights standards
Profile of Women in Custody

Sexual Abuse
Recommendations to protect women in custody from sexual abuse

Restraints
Recommendations on the use of restraints

Health
Recommendations to ensure adequate health care

Women in High Security Units ("Supermax")
Recommendations concerning high security units

This is one of series of reports being issued by Amnesty International as part of a worldwide campaign against human rights abuses in the USA. An overview of the human rights concerns that are the focus of the campaign is provided in Amnesty International's report United States of America: Rights for All, AI Index: AMR 51/35/98.

The focus of the report is women who have been accused or convicted of breaking criminal laws. Amnesty International is releasing a separate report on the detention of asylum seekers in the USA, with specific reference to women who seek asylum.

This report is a condensed version of Amnesty International's report, Not Part of Her Sentence: Violations of the Human Rights of Women in Custody, AI Index:AMR 51/01/99. Sources of statistical and other information in this report that are not cited in footnotes may be found in the full report.


INTRODUCTION