Solitary Confinement

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Solitary confinement is a form of imprisonment made up of long periods of isolation, with little or no human contact, often including lights on, or off, for 24 hours per day, deliberately loud sounds, extreme hot or cold, menacing dogs and other egregious violations of human rights.

We find the use of solitary confinement to be:

  • Pervasive – far overused and racially disparate
  • Illegal – a form of torture recognized and prohibited under international law
  • Harmful – to the mental health of those with and without pre-existing mental conditions

AFSC is concerned about the use of solitary confinement in the U.S and wants to see it abolished. Below are resources that explain the problems with solitary confinement and highlight our work.


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