The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) recently reported on photos leaked from a Georgia Prison of a young prisoner who was beaten and on his knees with a leash around his neck, while one prisoner held the leash and another posed in the photo. This incident is part of a longstanding issue within Georgia prisons, but even more so reflective of the state of prisoners in the U.S. There are more than 300,000 prisoners in the U.S. serving life sentence without parole for non-violent offense and drug related crimes, and many instances where these prisoners are abused, beaten, some even dying. Prisoners have a fundamental right to basic safety that should be respected.

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