Four Edmonton inmates at the Edmonton Institution won a case after being placed unreasonably in solitary confinement.
The men represented themselves in court after one of the men served 822 days in confinement over the past four years.
The reason for the extended confinement is that correctional staff believed the men were in cahoots to assault officers within the facility.
Howard Sapers is a Correctional Investigator of Canada.
Sapers says the impact of solitary confinement is debilitating both mentally and physically.
“When the United Nations issued a report on the use of solitary confinement, they recommended the practice be only limited to 15 days, because of the harmful effects of isolation,” says Sapers. “Other people have looked at it and said the impacts aren’t the same for everyone, depending on health history.”
Sapers says there is very little excuse on the use of segregation and the use of the practice should be capped.
You can listen to the full interview here with Howard Sapers:
Two former inmates called into the Ryan Jespersen Show to share their stories of being in “The Hole.” Here’s what they had to say.
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