The U.S. Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) was passed in 2003 to ‘provide for the analysis of the incidence and effects of prison rape in Federal, State, and local institutions and to provide information, resources, recommendations and funding to protect individuals from prison rape.’
Rape is always torture, says Manfred Nowak, Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment [http://www.ohchr.org].
We Hate Cops. A poem by Ryan
of his car
he ripped me
made me bleed
took my money
and I never
about the hiv
i have it
and then when
i kept thinking
he beats me
and I hope
They can no way make me go back there and I will hang myself. If they come and say you are going to jail again I will stab my neck with a knife. I hate cops and I hate guards and I hate jail. Please, please do not let them get me or my friends. I mean it.
"Torture" within the meaning of the Convention (and 8 Code of Federal Regulations, Section 208.18) is an extreme form of cruel and inhuman treatment and does not extend to lesser forms of cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment.
For an act to constitute “torture” it must satisfy each of the following five elements in the definition of torture:
(1) the act must cause severe physical or mental pain or suffering;
(2) the act must be intentionally inflicted;
(3) the act must be inflicted for a proscribed purpose;
(4) the act must be inflicted by (or at the instigation of or with the consent or acquiescence of) a public official who has custody of the victim; and
(5) the act cannot arise from lawful sanctions.