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Challenging the Practice of Solitary Confinement in Immigration Detention in Georgia and Beyond

Challenging the Practice of Solitary Confinement in Immigration Detention in Georgia and Beyond

Shahshahani, Azadeh, and Ayah Natasha El-Sergany. “Challenging the Practice of Solitary Confinement in Immigration Detention in Georgia and Beyond.” City University of New York Law Review 16, no. 2 (2013): 243-68.

This article sheds light on the widespread practice of solitary confinement of immigrants in Georgia immigration detention centers and discusses potential domestic and international law strategies to advocate against the use of isolation. The authors present their information in three parts: part I “provides an overview of solitary confinement in immigration detention centers and the impact on those who are confined”; part II “highlights ways in which isolation practices can be challenged under federal and constitutional law”; and part III “gives an overview of advocacy mechanisms under international and regional human rights treaties.”

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Key words: immigration detention, solitary confinement, prison isolation, federal law, international law, segregation