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November 2011

Torture and other ill-treatment are not aberrations; they are common—even routine—in many detention facilities around the world.

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Pretrial holding facilities in countries with developing and transitional economies often force detainees to live in filthy, over-crowded conditions, where they lack adequate health services. In the worst cases, detainees die; some centers are so bad that innocent people plead guilty just to be transferred to prisons where the conditions might be better.

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