Lingering Effects Of Torture Essay

830 WordsNov 14, 20174 Pages
In the first place, putting someone through the experience of being tortured can cause them to be left with long-term damage both physically and mentally. These victims are isolated from society and kept prisoners, the kind of torture they are often put through is unbearable. In the article, The Lingering Effects of Torture written by Devin Powell talks about a man by the alias Adeel who was a prisoner for four years, first at the Bagram Theater Internment Facility in Afghanistan and then at Guantanamo Bay. Adeel explains how he was kept isolated in a chilled cell, blasted with loud music which prevented him from falling asleep and being forced to stand motionless in the hot sun for hours. And how even years after being released he still…show more content…
McCain stated that “If you inflict enough psychical pain on someone they will tell you anything they think you want to hear”. In fact, detainees can also become confused, due to the insufficient amount of sleep and the trauma they’re undergoing. Not to mention the possibility of having the wrong person in custody. Evidence or clues may often lead to people being wrongfully convicted of a crime they did not commit. For example, a Brooklyn man named David McCallum was only 16 years old when he was sent to 25 years to life behind bars for the supposed kidnapping and murder he did not commit. There was no DNA nor handprints found at the scene of the crime matching McCallum. The DA Thompson stated, “their convictions hinged on untrue confessions, made by teenagers, rife with inaccuracies and peppered with details seemingly supplied by police”(Saul, Josh, and Leonard Greene). There’s no clear data on how many innocent people have been wrongfully convicted. The Innocence Project, citing multiple studies, estimates from 2 percent to 5 percent of prisoners are actually innocent. The U.S., which leads the world in the incarceration of its citizens, has approximately 2 million people behind bars.That means a wrongful conviction rate of 1 percent would translate to 20,000 people punished for crimes they didn’t commit. On death row, 1 in 25 are likely innocent, according to a recent study (Ferner, Matt.) Equally important,
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