NRCATNational Religious Campaign Against Torture (Washington, DC)
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NRCAT has been vocal in its opposition to Virginia's overuse of prolonged solitary confinement, including urging Governor McDonnell to provide for independent experts to assist in the Virginia Department of Corrections' review into long-term solitary confinement.
For NRCAT executive director Richard Killmer, moving prisoners from one location to the other is not of value in itself.
While confronting such a horrific and demoralizing practice can be daunting, Cavanaugh encourages religious people not to give up: "Otherwise, it becomes very depressing and lends itself to apathy and despair." He also suggests a good place to start: "The National Religious Coalition Against Torture ( has all kinds of information for parishes to raise awareness about torture," he says.