Solitary confinement

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More than 80,000 people are being held in long-term solitary confinement in U.S. prisons, and even more are held in isolation in immigrant detention centers and juvenile facilities. Long-term isolation has no rehabilitative benefit—but it does have serious negative psychological effects. Solitary confinement is considered a form of torture under international law. Solitary confinement violates the U.N. Convention Against Torture, the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, and the U.N. International Convention on Civil and Political Rights.

AFSC works to end the practice of solitary confinement in prisons, jails, and detention centers across the country. 

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