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Solitary confinement and supermax prisons: a human rights and ethical analysis

By Sharon Shalev


This article examines how the prolonged solitary confinement and additional deprivations in supermax prisons measure up against legal protections afforded to those deprived of their liberty. It suggests that if the prohibition against cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment were to be taken at face value, supermax confinement would meet the definition of what constitutes such treatment, and urges the courts to re-examine their position regarding supermax confinement. It also suggests that health professionals are well placed, and ethically bound, to play a more active part in efforts to curtail the use of prolonged solitary confinement in all places of detention

Topics: HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Publisher: Haworth Press Inc
Year: 2011
DOI identifier: 10.1080/15228932.2011.537582
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Provided by: LSE Research Online
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