The New York Times > Opinion > Op-Ed Columnist: America's Abu Ghraibs
Herbert makes a good case -- the treatment of prisoners in many states is not so different from the treatment of Iraqi prisoners in Abu Ghraib. I recall an NPR show on this topic -- mercifully Minnesota was well above average. In the south things were pretty bad.
Compared to other wealth nations, America is a relatively harsh, violent, and brutal place.