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To assist in a human rights based review of proposed or currently operating supermax facilities, Human Rights Watch has developed a list of core recommendations. These recommendations do not address basic standards that should be adhered to in all prisons regardless of their security level, but focus on selected issues especially relevant to supermax confinement.

1) The use of super-maximum security facilities should be strictly limited.

2) Physical conditions should be healthy and humane.

3) Mentally ill prisoners should be excluded from supermax confinement.

4) Rules and programs for inmates should acknowledge their humanity.

5) Staff abuses should not be tolerated.

6) Independent and public oversight should be promoted.

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