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Thursday 5 October 2023 Dublin: 14°C

# Solitary Confinement

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Your evening longread: Solitary confinement in a Texas women's prison
It’s a coronavirus-free zone as we bring you an interesting longread each evening to take your mind off the news.
Over 2,000 people jailed for non-payment of fines last year
The latest figures shows there has been a significant drop in the number of imprisonments following new legislation.
Report calls for an end to solitary confinement in Irish prisons
A new report from the IPRT it says it can have a severe negative effect on prisoners’ mental health.
Up to 25% of Mountjoy Prison inmates being put in solitary confinement for their own protection
120 inmates were put under a protection regime in October 2016.
'Prisoners have a very basic human need for contact'
A change in prison rules looks at the “meaningful human contact” prisoners get when out of their cells.
Teenage boy held in 'lock-up for 24 hours without even a shirt on his back'
The High Court was told today alleged confinement at the youth detention centre stems from what can only be described as a riot.
Claims teens were kept in solitary confinement at Oberstown are rejected
The case was heard in court today.
After years in solitary confinement, an innocent woman struggles to get on with her life
Of her first 29 months in jail, Hailey served about 27 alone in a 6-by-10-foot cell, with a bed, a toilet and a few books to pass the time.
US prisoner freed after 43 years in solitary confinement
Human rights organisations had condemned the sentencing of Albert Woodfox.
Chelsea Manning in trouble over Caitlyn Jenner magazine
The former US army soldier is serving a 35-year military prison sentence.
Inmate who spent over 40 years in solitary confinement at a US prison to be freed
Albert Woodfox was placed in solitary in 1972 when charged in the death of a prison guard.
Melanie McCarthy-McNamara killer wins High Court case over solitary confinement
The High Court decided that Daniel McDonnell’s constitutional rights were breached.
Almost 250 inmates in Irish prisons separated from general population
The largest number on restricted regime was in Wheatfield Prison.
Woman jailed for a year... for trying to attend a volleyball match
Women are also banned from football matches in Iran, with officials saying this is to protect them from lewd behaviour among male fans.
More than 300 prisoners are still slopping out
A further 261 are held in solitary confinement, some for 23 hours a day.
Use of 23-hour solitary confinement has dropped by 76% in nine months
Irish prisons are attempting to limit the use of restrictive regimes.
Irish prison system 'over-reliant' on prolonged solitary confinement
The Irish Penal Reform Trust said today that extended periods of isolation can cause harm to prisoners’ mental health and make rehabilitation impossible.
Column: Prisoners - pity about them?
This week,’s regular columnist Lisa McInerney says rehabilitation and dignity for prisoners isn’t an issue for bleeding heart lefties: it’s for our own protection when they get out.
UN calls for an end to solitary confinement as punishment
The UN’s lead investigator on torture has called using solitary confinement as a punishment “cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment” – which can amount to “torture”.