Stop Solitary - Litigation Resources

Document Date: June 15, 2011

Courts have consistently found that long-term isolation for the mentally ill is cruel and unusual punishment, and solitary confinement can have shattering psychological effects even for people without mental illnesses. Litigation is one of the many ways the ACLU and its allies are working to put an end to solitary confinement. Established international law can also be effectively integrated into litigation and advocacy strategies.

Domestic Law Resources

Search generally for decrees and settlements involving supermax prisons and solitary confinement at: (click on the case type of prison conditions, then look for cases by issue)

International Law Resources

Treaties and Conventions

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