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Cruel and unusual punishment

Cruel and unusual punishment

Last week President Barack Obama became the first sitting president to visit a federal prison. On Thursday, Mr. Obama traveled to the medium-security El Reno Federal Correctional Institution near Oklahoma City to call for major reforms to the nation's criminal justice system, including a ban on isolating inmates in solitary confinement for months or years on end. We share that goal and hope the president's remarks will inspire Maryland lawmakers to redouble their efforts to abolish this cruel form of punishment in the state's prisons when the General Assembly meets in Annapolis next year. State correctional officials have long denied that Maryland holds inmates in solitary...

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