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Policy and Practice of Solitary Confinement in Federal Prison and Immigration Detention

Title: The Policy and Practice of Solitary Confinement in Federal Prison and Immigration Detention.
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Name(s): Watford, Lauren Ashley, author
Type of Resource: text
Genre: text
bachelor thesis
Date Issued: 2017-12-08
Physical Form: computer
Physical Form: online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: This paper compares solitary confinement policy between the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and makes preliminary observations about inconsistencies between policy and practice and compliance with international law. The purpose is to investigate to what extent ICE uses a policy similar to federal prison in the non-punitive system of immigration detention. This paper utilizes the BOP and ICE policy statements, as well as the widely-recognized studies that have been done into the rate of use of solitary confinement. It was found that while both the BOP and ICE state similar purposes for solitary confinement, the BOP seems to use the practice more frequently and for longer periods of time (DOJ, 2016; ASCA-Liman, 2016; ICE, 2016). While both agencies use protective custody designed to isolate vulnerable demographics, the data suggests the practice in federal prison may disproportionately affect young adults aged 18-24, black women, and inmates with mental illness (ASCA-Liman, 2016). The BOP and ICE afford rights of due process and other privileges to varying degrees, and certain privileges may be taken away away as punishment (BOP, 2016; ICE, 2016). It was found that there may be discrepancies between policy and practice in both BOP and ICE custody. Also, both the practice and policy appear to be contradictory, in part, to the Convention Against Torture and the Refugee Convention. This paper concludes that further research is needed to determine the extent to which policy, practice, and international law can be reconciled. Also, further attention is needed on the part of scholars, lawmakers, and the public to the use of solitary confinement in non-punitive immigration detention.
Identifier: FSU_libsubv1_scholarship_submission_1512768805_5631788b (IID)
Keywords: Solitary Confinement, Bureau of Prisons, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, International Affairs, Human Rights
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSU_libsubv1_scholarship_submission_1512768805_5631788b
Owner Institution: FSU

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Watford, L. A. (2017). The Policy and Practice of Solitary Confinement in Federal Prison and Immigration Detention. Retrieved from http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSU_libsubv1_scholarship_submission_1512768805_5631788b