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

Shalev, Sharon (2011) Solitary confinement and supermax prisons: a human rights and ethical analysis. Journal of Forensic Psychology Practice, 11 (2-3). pp. 151-183. ISSN 1522-8932

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Identification Number: 10.1080/15228932.2011.537582


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.

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Additional Information: © 2011 Thomson Reuters
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Sets: Research centres and groups > Mannheim Centre for Criminology
Date Deposited: 19 May 2011 13:38
Last Modified: 20 Apr 2021 00:15

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