Now you may scoff at the idea of a prisoner’s right to feel the sun, rain or snow because, after all, they’re being punished. But as U.S. District Judge R. Brooke Jackson wrote in his ruling last year, “The Eighth Amendment does not mandate comfortable prisons, but it does forbid inhumane conditions.”
And being confined to small, indoor cells virtually all of the time, Jackson wrote, was “a paradigm of inhumane treatment.”
We agree. It’s a wonder anyone can stand such conditions for years on end without it affecting their mental state.