Saturday, April 30, 2011

Bradley Manning out of isolation in prison in Kansas

Washington .- The soldier Bradley Manning, accused of funneling thousands of confidential documents from the U.S. to WikiLeaks, out of the total isolation he had been subjected in the military prison at Quantico (Virginia) since it was moved last week to Fort Leavenworth ( Kansas), local media reported today.

The Army today hosted a visit to the military prison in Kansas, which Manning came after the Pentagon decided to move on the grounds that the facilities at Fort Leavenworth were more suitable for continued detention after nine months in Quantico and receive criticism solitary confinement and suicide prevention to be applied.

Human rights organizations and his lawyer criticized the detention conditions of Manning in Quantico, where, according to this information, he was confined 23 hours a day in a cell almost devoid of furniture, without a pillow, blankets and personal items, and also he was forced to sleep naked, allegedly to ensure their safety and would prevent suicide.

Today, Army Lt. Col. Dawn Hilton, who runs the prison in Kansas, said Manning has been listed as a prisoner of "medium security" after being subjected to analysis of mental and physical health, reported the Kansas City Star While his behavior and health permit, the soldier, aged 23, visits and will receive three hours of recreation: an hour outdoors, one inside and one third, in the library.

Hilton said in Fort Leavenworth the treatment of prisoners is "firm but fair." "We treat everyone, staff and detainees with dignity and respect," he said. Journalists who visited the prison had no access to Manning or other prisoners. The army said it has agreed to teach inside the prison to show the public the conditions of detention that exist in it, which was built in October and has some better facilities and better adapted to the needs of a prisoner in detention detention.

In Quantico, preventive detentions do not usually exceed two months, but in the case of Manning were nine. Fort Leavenworth has been designed to accommodate prisoners who are awaiting their trial and those serving sentences, but both groups are separated because the former are innocent until proven otherwise.

About 150 inmates live in the module row, bringing together prisoners serving sentences of less than five years. Manning is one of 10 inmates assigned to the detention area. These inmates live in cells with up to four modules. Have a common area where detainees have access to a television, showers, a treadmill and games.

The soldier will eat with the group and will also be with other remand prisoners during leisure hours. Spend the rest of his time in a cell of 7.4 square meters with natural light. You can have email, but can only carry 20 cards at once to his cell. You can also receive up to five visits and daily phone call.

Have access to computers to study legal documents, but can not surf the Internet. Manning will be dedicated during working hours to clean, because other facilities such as the barbershop, laundry defendants are convicted.

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