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This most often means inmates are held in isolation, solitary confinement, in sensory deprived conditions and in an environment restricted of stimulation.
Thus, a form of separation, isolated and solitary conditions, was devised to give each inmate the opportunity to live a life alone, like a penitent monk in his own monastic cell.
Prolonged confinement also may contribute to the recurrence of preexisting illness or cause the appearance of an acute mental illness in people who were thought to be free of such illnesses.
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  Solitary - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Solitary activities are those which do not require (or indeed preclude) the presence of others, such as walking, listening to music, cooking or painting.
People who prefer solitary activities as a matter of course are often referred to as introverts, whereas those who dislike solitude and prefer to be in the presence of others are called extroverts.
To be "in solitary" is to be punished by solitary confinement.
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 Solitary confinement: Facts and details from Encyclopedia Topic   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
Solitary confinement is a punishment in which a prisoner prisoner quick summary:
Solitary confinement is considered by some to be cruel and unusual punishment cruel and unusual punishment quick summary:
Solitary confinement is depicted in Frank Darabont Frank Darabont quick summary:
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Solitary confinement is the absolute isolation of a human being or an animal in a cell alone --- solitary confinement has been proven to cause sensory deprivation --- and sensory deprivation causes serious psychological damages, resulting in a variety of mental disorders.
The Department of Correction's own psychiatrists and psychologists; the Clinical Director of Psychiatry at the esteemed Harvard University; and even the United States Federal Courts have acknowledged and ruled that solitary confinement causes sensory deprivation, which in turn causes "substantial psychological damage." This is not a theory ---it is a fact.
This commentary, by Dickens, caused the United States Supreme Court to review the use of solitary confinement, and they concluded that it did indeed cause mental disorders, and was therefore a violation of the Eighth Amendment Right to be free from cruel and unusual punishment.
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 The Concept of Solitary Confinement
Detention in solitary confinement is culture, and precisely culture in its purest distillate [Kultur in Reinkultur].
If one follows the recommendation of conceiving culture as a reflection of the base, solitary confinement becomes the prototype of culture in general: it is rooted in contract and medication [Verarztung], said in one word: archiatry.
That which characterizes this solitary confinement unambiguously for its being criminal justice is firstly the fact that — with the duration of four years — it has broken the maximum limit established by law, which limits its duration to three years, it has thus broken a law.
www.spkpfh.de /Solitary_confinement.htm   (4369 words)

 Free the Angola 3!
There has been much written about Solitary confinement by some of the world’s leading psychiatrists, but very little written by victims of solitary themselves.
He uses examples of prisoners who describe their experience as being sensitive to noise, like dripping water, the sound of footsteps- this hypersensitivity wrecks the prisoner’s nerves and yet there is nothing he can do about it.
A high level of self-discipline, self-denial and self-pride are the key to surviving solitary.
prisonactivist.org /angola/onsolitary.html   (1391 words)

 BBC NEWS | Magazine | After Guantanamo
At least two of them were apparently held in solitary confinement, in small cells, apparently with no natural light, nothing to do or read, and nobody but the occasional guard to talk to.
Professor Haney has noted that some prisoners released from solitary confinement even attempt to re-create the conditions they were held in, in an attempt to cope with how they feel.
These people are not held in solitary confinement, but like the Guantanamo detainees have not had a trial.
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End part 3/9 ________________________ SOLITARY CONFINEMENT (4/9) By Jean Robinson Disclaimer, etc. in part 1 Pushing him over on his back, she slid her hands up under his loose shirt, mapping out the unfamiliar and unseen geography of his chest with the pads of her fingers.
End part 6/9 ________________________ SOLITARY CONFINEMENT (7/9) By Jean Robinson Disclaimer, etc. in part 1 Two days later, they deemed her well enough to be released from the infirmary section and sent back to her former room.
But, she thought, stretching one leg in the close confines of the car, she'd practically dived for her closet the minute she'd gotten home, tossing shoes and pantyhose and suits hither, thither and yon in a fashion frenzy born of a month of clothing deprivation.
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 Solitary Confinement
Noticing in Sanchez's prison record that he too had served time in solitary for assaulting a guard, Donner asks him if he had experienced anything unusual while he was there.
She informs them that Newgate was built in 1858, but a fire in 1943 destroyed most of the original structure, killing a hundred inmates.
When the prison was rebuilt, the surviving wing became the solitary confinement block where Harper died.
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 USATODAY.com - After years in solitary, freedom hard to grasp   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
But since he spent nearly two years in solitary confinement in a Texas state prison for an assault conviction, Coronado, 22, seems to have lost touch with much of the world around him, his mother says.
No national studies have been done on the return-to-crime rate for those released from solitary confinement, but anecdotal evidence suggests the rate is higher among those felons.
She says solitary confinement helped to reduce homicides in state prisons from 25 in 1985 to fewer than 10 in every year since.
www.usatoday.com /news/nation/2005-06-09-cover-ex-cons_x.htm   (2372 words)

 Mordechai Vanunu - Solitary survivor
He has spent the intervening 11 1/2 years in almost total isolation in a jail cell - the longest known term of solitary confinement in modern times - but he is more determined than ever to speak out for his ideals.
Vanunu was released from solitary by the Israeli authorities last month and, on the eve of today's visit to Israel by Tony Blair, he has given his first interview through an intermediary since revealing in The Sunday Times in 1986 that Israel had the world's sixth largest atomic arsenal.
His release from solitary confinement was unexpected; but he could have been out far earlier had he agreed to bend his principles.
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 Cyber-dissident in solitary confinement - www.theage.com.au
Chinese cyber-dissident Huang Qi, who is serving a five-year jail term, was put in solitary confinement after representatives of a media watchdog tried to visit him in prison, the group said today.
Huang was moved to a two-square-metre unfurnished cell at Nanchong prison, south-western Sichuan province, and was forced to sleep on the ground, Paris-based Reporters Without Borders said in a statement.
After several days in solitary confinement, Huang was moved to a larger but "closely monitored" cell with other prisoners, the statement said.
www.theage.com.au /articles/2003/12/06/1070625581760.html   (356 words)

 Mental Health Alternatives to Solitary Confinement (MHASC) Home
Solitary confinement is known to cause mental breakdown in normally healthy individuals.
Solitary confinement of mentally ill prisoners is archaic and only aggravates difficulties for all concerned.  Psychotic and paranoid inmates become more psychotic and paranoid when placed in solitary.
Frequently, the disturbing behavior leading to placement in solitary confinement is a manifestation of mental disorder and not a willful disobedience toward authority.
www.boottheshu.org   (2121 words)

 Three Black Panthers
In telephoned prison interviews from solitary confinement, Albert Woodfox recalls the organized protection of new inmates from prison rape and Herman Wallace describes a 45 day hunger strike for sanitary food service.
Evidence indicates that they were each charged with crimes they did not commit and have been held in solitary confinement since 1972 because of their political activities and beliefs.
They remained in solitary confinement virtually forgotten, until another former panther Malik Rahim (of Common Ground Collective), and a young law student discovered that these men were still locked up in 1997.
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 Solitary confinement 'abused'   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
Prisoner David Nkuna told the commission that maximum security prisoners were arbitrarily sentenced by warders to solitary confinement for lengthy periods of time.
Commission evidence leader Jerome Brauns said solitary confinement should only be applied within a rigid set of guidelines, SABC reported.
The Act makes provision for new guidelines on when solitary confinement can be meted out.
www.news24.com /News24/South_Africa/News/0,,2-7-1442_1436451,00.html   (161 words)

 CNN - Trend toward solitary confinement worries experts - January 9, 1998
Yousef was sentenced to 240 years plus life in solitary confinement Thursday by Judge Kevin T. Duffy.
But doctors who have studied the effect of solitary confinement say it can be harmful on the prisoners.
What concerns corrections experts and human rights activists alike is that more and more state prisoners begin and end their sentences in solitary confinement.
www.cnn.com /US/9801/09/solitary.confinement   (500 words)

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Solitary Confinement is now open for public beta testing.
What we're asking is that you play Solitary Confinement and send information about any bugs you find to wyndo@prowler-pro.com.
If you are a member of Lunatix Online at www.lunatix-online.com (be sure to read the rules before signing up there), you can use your Lunatix character name to log into Solitary Confinement.
www.prowler-pro.com /sol   (351 words)

 International Celebrities Condemn Torture through Solitary Confinement of Mentally Ill American Prisoners
Irreconcilable with the Americans With Disabilities Act, allowing prisoners with psychiatric disabilities to be sentenced to solitary confinement is an egregious practice that results in sensory deprivation, severe mental decompensation, and oftentimes suicide.” Ms.
“Solitary confinement of mentally ill prisoners is archaic and only aggravates difficulties for all concerned.
Frequently, the disturbing behavior leading to placement in solitary confinement is a manifestation of mental disorder and not a willful disobedience toward authority.
www.emediawire.com /releases/2006/2/emw340613.htm   (868 words)

 NPR : Life in Solitary Confinement
In a three-part series, NPR examines the state of solitary confinement in U.S. prisons today.
He says solitary confinement takes its not just on the men it houses, but also on the men who watch them.
July 27, 2006 · At least 25,000 U.S. prisoners are held in solitary confinement.
www.npr.org /templates/story/story.php?storyId=5584841   (534 words)

 Texas Solitary Confinement Conditions Petition
We also demand the release of solitary confinement prisoners into general population, that are being held in solitary confinement without good cause.
We ask that solitary confinement cells do not be used for racist, group, or punishment reasons.
The citizens and taxpayers of Texas should not be paying for punishment and inhumane treatment and their tax dollars should go to the rehabilitation of inmates, to provide the safe return of prisoners into their communities.
www.petitiononline.com /lockup/petition.html   (494 words)

 Human Rights Watch: Prison Conditions in the United States
The practice of confining mentally ill prisoners in SHU, which are colloquially known as, "the hole," exacerbates the symptoms and difficulties faced by these inmates and can amount to torture.
In Massachusetts, there will likely be a victory in a lawsuit filed last week against the Department of Corrections challenging its practice of placing mentally ill inmates in solitary confinement.
The evidence is overwhelming that it is cruel and a violation of basic human dignity to force prisoners with serious mental illness to spend years confined round the clock in claustrophobic cells, with nothing to do, and no one with whom to have a normal conversation.
www.hrw.org /prisons   (1438 words)

 The Persian Impediment - Gagged Online
Lofti was first arrested in late May 2004 and spent 75 days in detention, 20 in solitary confinement.
He spent the majority of his sentence in solitary confinement in an undisclosed location.
He was detained 23 days in solitary confinement in a secret detention centre before he was released on bail.
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 Fracas lands Bobby Fischer in solitary - Peculiar Postings - MSNBC.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
TOKYO - Chess grand master Bobby Fischer has been placed in solitary confinement at a Japanese immigration detention center for four days after a fracas with guards at breakfast, his fiancee and ex-bodyguard said on Monday.
Fischer’s fiancee, Miyoko Watai, a four-time Japan women’s chess champion who last year announced plans to marry Fischer, said he told her during a meeting on Monday morning that he had been in solitary confinement from last Wednesday to Sunday morning at the detention center in Ushiku, northeast of Tokyo.
The dispute escalated to a scuffle, leading Fischer to be placed in solitary confinement.
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 SCAA :: Press
The settlement, which must be approved by the courts, provides for a range of welcome changes, including better care and monitoring for the severely ill people being held in solitary confinement or disciplinary lockdown, typically for 23 hours a day.
Mentally ill inmates should not be placed in solitary confinement.
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle (April 19, 2007) online story chat — The settlement by the Spitzer administration of a lawsuit against the solitary confinement of mentally ill prisoners is a welcome step away from previous state policy, which was to resist any change to this inhumane practice.
www.scaany.org /press   (1353 words)

 WTOP: Ebadi Seeks Iran Solitary Confinement Ban
I ask judicial officials to abolish the cells," the human rights activist said in a news conference after holding a seminar on the issue.
"I announce to the world that solitary confinement is (still) in use in Iran.
Ebadi, who is a lawyer, said holding prisoners in solitary confinement was psychological torture.
www.wtopnews.com /index.php?nid=105&sid=258093   (686 words)

 Reporters sans frontières - China
Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontières) has expressed its concern after jailed webmaster Huang Qi was transferred to a harsh prison regime, including a spell in solitary confinement, after its representatives tried to visit him at his top security prison.
Reporters Without Borders has only just learned that Huang, serving five years for "attempting to overthrow the power of the State", was placed in solitary confinement after its two-person delegation visited the prison in Nanchong, Sichuan Province on 26 October.
Huang, creator of the site www.tianwang.com, was initially placed in solitary confinement in a dark, two-metre-square unfurnished cell in which he had to sleep on the floor.
www.rsf.org /article.php3?id_article=8740   (412 words)

 WinGames.Com ~ About Solitary Confinement
lets you play eight great solitary card games that offer a full range of skill, knowledge and lady luck.
Includes easy and hard games as well as building, number, and picture games.
Save and load game options have been included, as well as choosing different decks and background colors.
www.wingames.com /app/htm/solcon/about.htm   (62 words)

 Steve Kubby in Solitary Confinement : SF Bay Area Indymedia
Steve Kubby has been placed in Solitary Confinement.
It seems that Placer has moved him from the infirmary to solitary confinement.
He has a cell all to himself and he was freezing.
www.indybay.org /news/2006/01/1798969.php   (816 words)

 Secret Trials
Five Muslim men have been held, as of December 2006, a collective total of 273 months in Canadian prisons, much of it in solitary confinement, without charge, without bail, on secret "evidence" which neither they nor their lawyers are allowed to see.
Hungering For Justice: From Solitary Confinement to the Streets of Toronto.
The Case of a Syrian Refugee Held Two Years in Solitary Confinement in Toronto is very much Linked to the Campaign to Transform Moss Park Armoury into Non-Profit, Affordable Housing, October 7, 2003
www.homesnotbombs.ca /secrettrials.htm   (2657 words)

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