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Encyclopedia > Solitary confinement

Solitary confinement, colloquially referred to as "the hole" (or in British English "the block"), is a punishment in which a prisoner is denied contact with any other persons, excluding guards, chaplains and doctors. Punishment is the practice of imposing something unpleasant on a subject as a response to some unwanted behavior or disobedience that the subject has displayed. ...


Solitary confinement is depicted in John Sturge's film The Great Escape, Frank Darabont's film The Shawshank Redemption, Mumia Abu-Jamal's book Live from Death Row and Papillon. Also frequently appearing on the HBO prison series Oz. The Great Escape, written by James Clavell and W.R. Burnett and directed by John Sturges, is a famous and acclaimed 1963 World War II film, based on a true story about Allied POWs with a record for escaping from POW camps. ... Frank Darabont (born on January 28, 1959) is an American film director, screenwriter, and producer. ... The Shawshank Redemption is a 1994 movie, written and directed by Frank Darabont, based on the Stephen King novella Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption. ... This articles section called Court proceedings and controversies surrounding the 1982 trial is missing references or citation of sources. ... Live from Death Row, published in May of 1995, is a collection of memoirs by American death row inmate Mumia Abu-Jamal. ... Paperback book cover for Papillon. ... Oz was the first one-hour dramatic television series to be produced by HBO. The show, which aired for six seasons (1997-2003), is set in a maximum-security prison. ...


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SUPERMAXIMUM SECURITY PRISONS, SENSORY DEPRIVATION AND EFFECTS of SOLITARY CONFINEMENT (3204 words)
This most often means inmates are held in isolation, solitary confinement, in sensory deprived conditions and in an environment restricted of stimulation.
Thus, a form of separation, isolated and solitary conditions, was devised to give each inmate the opportunity to live a life alone, like a penitent monk in his own monastic cell.
Prolonged confinement also may contribute to the recurrence of preexisting illness or cause the appearance of an acute mental illness in people who were thought to be free of such illnesses.
Solitary - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (170 words)
Solitary activities are those which do not require (or indeed preclude) the presence of others, such as walking, listening to music, cooking or painting.
People who prefer solitary activities as a matter of course are often referred to as introverts, whereas those who dislike solitude and prefer to be in the presence of others are called extroverts.
To be "in solitary" is to be punished by solitary confinement.
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