Thanks to the protests of more than 60,000 prisoners, the state of California has agreed to stop the use of solitary confinement in its prisons.
In February, former President George W. Bush canceled a trip to Switzerland to avoid being arrested for human rights abuses.
Obama releases secret memos describing torture practices approved by the Bush Administration.
Report reveals doctors’ involvement in torture
Attorney General Alberto Gonzales resigned in late August in response to scandals and investigations including government spying and torture.
On October 17 President Bush signed a new law called the Military Commissions Act. The law allows the government to put people who are not U.S. citizens in prison without a court hearing. The new law also expands the president’s powers and allows him to determine what is considered torture.