PPD WG NEWSLETTER OCTOBER 2020

Prisons, Punishment and Detention Working Group

October 2020 NEWSLETTER

http://www.europeangroup.org/sites/default/files/PPD%20NewsLetter%20Oct%2020.pdf

Discipline and those benevolent gentlemen who carry it into execution do not know what it is that they are doing. I believe that very few men are capable of estimating the immense amount of torture and agony which this dreadful punishment, prolonged for years, inflicts upon the sufferers; [...] I hold this slow and daily tampering with the mysteries of the brain, to be immeasurably worse than any torture of the body: [...] therefore I the more denounce it, as a secret punishment which slumbering humanity is not roused up to stay” (Charles Dickens, American Notes for General Consideration, 1842[2001], Chapter VII).