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Nine leading civil rights groups urge Supreme Court to reform how compensation is awarded for victims of prison abuse

Prison staff have held prisoners down in boiling water until their skin peeled off, shocked prisoners with cattle prods, and kneed pregnant female prisoners in the stomach. Today nine leading civil rights groups are telling the Supreme Court that, when victims are subjected to torture at this level, a 1996 federal law does not require judges to reduce jury awards of victim compensation in such cases by 25%.

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