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- Created 2012-03-17
is a special form of imprisonment in which a
is isolated from any human contact, though often with the exception of members of prison staff. It is sometimes employed as a form of punishment beyond incarceration for a prisoner and has been cited as an additional measure of protection from the inmate or is given for violations of prison regulations. It is also used as a form of
and to implement a
Solitary confinement is colloquially referred to in
as "the hotbox", "the hole", "lockdown", "SCU" (Solitary Confinement Unit), "AdSeg" (Administrative Segregation), the "SHU" (pronounced 'shoe')—an acronym for security housing unit, or "the pound"; and in
as "the block" or "the cooler".
In Canada they are known as a
Special Handling Unit
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Sourcebook on solitary confinement
Dr. Atul Gawande: Solitary Confinement is Torture
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