This report analyzed survey and questionnaire data from multiple countries across the world to determine the purposes; authorization capacity; challenges and appeals; limitations; accommodations, access, and physical restraints; and the reform efforts and regulations regarding solitary confinement.
This statement from the UN Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture outlines measures to be taken by all correctional agencies to promote human dignity during the COVID-19 outbreak.
This briefing note assesses the state of COVID-19 outbreaks and prevention measures in prisons and the broader impacts of responses to governments on people in criminal justice systems.
This Danish study revealed that the 5-year mortality rate among formerly incarcerated individuals who were placed in solitary confinement was significantly higher than that of people who had not spent time in solitary, and almost ten times higher than that
This report details a delegation of state officials’ experiences on a trip to Germany and the Netherlands and the impact it has had on policy discussions and public debate on prison reform in the U.S.
The Canadian Liberal Party has introduced a bill that would end the Correctional Service of Canada’s use of solitary confinement.
Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, Guidance Document on the Nelson Mandela Rules (Warsaw, Poland: OSCE, 2018). This document provides guidance for the implementation of minimum standards for the treatment of people in prison. It incorporates existing international legal and
On May 30, 2018, the Safe Alternatives to Segregation (SAS) Initiative and Eastern State Penitentiary hosted a public event called ‘A National Movement to End the Overuse of Solitary Confinement’ in Philadelphia, PA. This well-attended event included a panel discussion of correctional
Segregation has been described as “the most onerous and depriving experience that the state can legally administer”. For that reason, Irish Penal Reform Trust (IPRT) has been campaigning for a number of years to abolish solitary confinement and substantially reduce
In January 2018, Canada took important steps regarding the overuse of segregation, also known as solitary confinement, when the courts decided on two separate court cases. One legal challenge from the Ontario government will no longer place people with mental
This article from the Los Angeles Times describes the issue of long-term isolation in county jails and provides a multitude of personal stories from men caught up in this harmful system.