The use of solitary confinement is common in Canadian federal penitentiaries, as well as provincial prisons and remand centres.  Described by some as “a prison within a prison”, the practice is defined as spending 23 hours a day with no meaningful human contact.

This website is dedicated to educating the public about the harms of solitary confinement and to work towards its abolition in Canada.  We have started this initiative by compiling information on the use of isolation in Canadian federal penitentiaries.

As a hub for information, we encourage those with lived experiences of isolation and scholars to send us first-hand testimonials and reliable research that will give us the tools needed to end this form of torture.

We can be reached at justin.piche@uottawa.ca