”Less solitary confinement in Danish prisons
(as a disciplinary sanction) how?”
1. September 2021 from 9:00-13:00
The use of solitary confinement as a disciplinary measure in Danish prisons has increased significantly over the last two decades and is now used beyond the limits stipulated in the Mandela Rules. By way of example, in 2019 over 700 inmates were subjected to solitary confinement for more than 15 days.
It is documented that solitary confinement has severe negative health-related consequences. Long-term isolation can be a violation of fundamental human rights. Moreover, the Danish legislation and practice has been strongly criticized, including by the UN Committee against Torture and the Council of Europe’s Committee for the Prevention of Torture. Nevertheless, the use of solitary confinement as a disciplinary sanction in Danish prisons continues to increase.
The purpose of the conference is to debate both law and practice with politicians, institutions, civil society organizations and researchers and to discuss possible effective alternatives to solitary confinement.