Report blasts Georgia solitary confinement as ‘draconian’

ATLANTA — Georgia’s most restrictive solitary confinement facility deprives prisoners of basic human needs and risks causing them psychological harm, according to a report filed in federal court.

The report was filed as part of an ongoing challenge to the conditions in the solitary unit of the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison. US District Judge Charles Weigle unsealed the report Tuesday.

The Southern Center for Human Rights filed a motion last week asking the judge to order prison officials to improve the conditions immediately. It’s accompanied by statements from 25 prisoners who are held there currently or have been previously.