The old isolation wing at Oslo Prison, Norway.
Photo credit: Knut-Eric Ronningen
With the exception of the death penalty, solitary confinement is the most extreme sanction which may be legally imposed on prisoners.
The adverse effects of solitary confinement on the health and wellbeing of those subjected to it, particularly for prolonged periods, can be very serious.
Yet, in recent years there has been an increase in the use of strict, and often prolonged, solitary confinement in prisons and other places of detention across the world. This is a worrying development with potentially harmful consequences, not only for the individual concerned - but also for the wider communities to which they will eventually return.
This website is dedicated to examining the practice of solitary confinement in its various forms. It is designed to accompany the Sourcebook on Solitary Confinement and expand on issues discussed therein.
The site is managed and maintained by Sharon Shalev.