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Aviva Stahl solitary confinement
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“Concern over ‘political’ use of solitary confinement in European prisons”, an article by Aviva Stahl in the Guardian 2 May 2016

Terror threat prompts France, Belgium and the Netherlands to isolate prisoners in attempt to prevent radicalisation. European prisons are increasingly resorting to solitary confinement to counteract the threat of terrorism, despite warnings about its impact, defence lawyers and human rights advocates say. France, Belgium and the Netherlands are all deploying solitary and “small-group isolation” on suspected and…

The Maze prison in Northern Ireland
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UK government considers single secure jail unit for Islamist terrorists (The Guardian 13 February 2016)

(Photo : The Maze prison, where republican IRA and INLA inmates died during a hunger strike in 1981. Photograph: PA) Proposal to replace dispersal system with ‘British Alcatraz’ to house convicted terrorists has alarmed prison chiefs The government is seriously considering placing all convicted Islamist terrorist prisoners in England and Wales in a single secure unit,…

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“A damning indictment of an unsafe, overcrowded system”, Nicki Jameson on the 2013-2014 report into prisons in England and Wales

“… On 10 October 2014, the prison population in England and Wales was 84,485. The imprisonment rate of England and Wales is 149 per 100,000 of the population; in Scotland it is 147 per 100,000. This does not include those held in police stations, immigration detention centres or secure mental hospitals. Twenty years ago, the…

woodhillprison
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UK : Close Supervision Centre expands, by Kevan Thakrar

 photo Close Supervision Centre at Woodhill Since I first arrived on the Close Supervision Centre (CSC) system in March 2010 I have seen a distinct pattern emerge in the way the system is being operated. All possibilities of the chance to progress back to main location have been removed; even the liars in charge don’t…

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