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solitary confinement

n. the placement of a prisoner in a Federal or state prison in a cell away from other prisoners, usually as a form of internal penal discipline, but occasionally to protect the convict from other prisoners or to prevent the prisoner from causing trouble. Long-term solitary confinement may be found to be unconstitutional as "cruel and unusual punishment."

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It said Yasin Malik is a heart patient and he is suffering from many other ailments also but shockingly at Kot Bhalwal Jail, he has been put in solitary confinement.
Experts hired by Sacramento County have described the county's solitary confinement practices as "dramatically out of step with emerging national standards and practices." At least three people have died by suicide in "Total Separation" solitary confinement since the experts made this finding.
"We are calling on Sacramento County to discontinue its use of profound and prolonged solitary confinement. The conditions in Sacramento County's solitary confinement units are harmful, dangerous, and unnecessary.
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The educational pieces of the book give apt background on the history and usage of solitary confinement, allowing even those examining the practice for the first time to have a firm grasp of the situation.
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Anwar argued that Ansari's continued solitary confinement at the prison violates his rights guaranteed under the constitution and urged the court to treat him as an ordinary prisoner.
'Solitary confinement is a punishment and no prisoner can be subjected to it until such confinement is ordered by the jail authorities in respect of offence committed in the jail,' he argued.
He said the question whether petitioner was entitled to ordinary remission was to be decided by the high court but that might come on record that being Indian citizen could not be advanced as the legal ground for keeping his client in solitary confinement and treating him as anti-state prisoner.
Prisoners with pyschosocial or cognitive disabilities were found to be disproportionately placed in solitary confinement, at times for up to 22 hours a day.
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