Dear Governor Deal:
As the international community has examined the research, including over a century of scientific studies suggesting that prolonged solitary confinement leads to irreversable mental degredation, experts have found that use of segregation for period in excess of fifteen days constitutes torture and cannot be supported under existing international standards for human rights.
The abuses of solitary confinement are now being litigated in the Federal Courts, and reviewed in Congressional hearings. The treatment of this nations' inmates has become the subject of international reviews of this nation's human rights record.
We appeal to you that you may take the actions necessary to end this torture conducted in our name and with our tax dollars.
If necessary, we ask that you join us in our fast conducted in solidarity with the Hunger Strikers in your care. If this matter has not been resolved by July 2nd, we're asking Georgians of faith and conscience to refrain from food on that day as a way of 'remember(ing) . . . those who are being tortured' and our relationship with them and the conditions under which they survive.
It is our fervent hope that through fasting and prayer, you too may see the imperative for the changes in Georgia public policy necessary to end these practices which have no place in civilized society. We hope that by doing so you may know the courage to carry such proposals to the policy making bodies of this state.