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Saturday 1 April 2023 Dublin: 8°C

# Solitary Confinement

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# evening sitdown
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.
# Court Fines
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.
# Solitary Confinement
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.
# Mountjoy Prison
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.
# Solitary Confinement
'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.
# Oberstown
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.
# Court
Claims teens were kept in solitary confinement at Oberstown are rejected
The case was heard in court today.
# freedom
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.
# albert woodfox
US prisoner freed after 43 years in solitary confinement
Human rights organisations had condemned the sentencing of Albert Woodfox.
# Solitary Confinement
Chelsea Manning in trouble over Caitlyn Jenner magazine
The former US army soldier is serving a 35-year military prison sentence.
# the hole
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.
# Prison
Melanie McCarthy-McNamara killer wins High Court case over solitary confinement
The High Court decided that Daniel McDonnell’s constitutional rights were breached.
# solitary
Almost 250 inmates in Irish prisons separated from general population
The largest number on restricted regime was in Wheatfield Prison.
# Convicted
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.
# Irish Prison Service
More than 300 prisoners are still slopping out
A further 261 are held in solitary confinement, some for 23 hours a day.
# Prison
Use of 23-hour solitary confinement has dropped by 76% in nine months
Irish prisons are attempting to limit the use of restrictive regimes.
# Solitary Confinement
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.
# solitary
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”.