Five Years of Solitude: The Use of Segregation in NS Prisons Numbers in the Thousands
"Over the last five years, solitary confinement has been used in Nova Scotia’s prisons 8,516 times. More than 2,000 of those cases involve young offenders. There were over 1,000 cases of solitary confinement in 2014 alone....
There’s no refuting the decades of evidence that segregation is damaging to prisoners. Aside from over a century of academic studies, organizations such as the New York Civil Liberties Union, Amnesty International and the United Nations
have all recently condemned solitary’s practice in North American
prisons. Humans are social animals. Isolating a person causes harm, and
harms the already vulnerable the most. It quickly causes psychosis,
depression, insomnia, aggression, paranoia and hallucinations. The UN’s
special rapporteur on torture has called on all countries to ban the use of extended segregation, claiming just 15 days in solitary confinement is enough to cause irreversible psychological damage."
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