Call to end solitary confinement in Australian prisons

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Research from the University of Queensland has highlighted the mental harms that solitary confinement causes, with 28 out of 30 prisoners suffering a ‘substantial deterioration’ in their mental health as a result.

Now, with prisons in Queensland and Victoria locked down due to the risk of COVID-19 spreading rapidly, more and more prisoners are living under the same conditions as solitary confinement and face similar deterioration in their mental health.

Advocates are calling for an end to this permanently damaging and traumatic practice.

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