Correctional Service Canada denies allegations of harmful solitary confinement, saying its approach is more humane and allows some visitors.
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Canada’s prison agency argues segregation doesn’t affect inmates’ health

Canada’s prison agency denies that it uses solitary confinement and contends that its method for isolating inmates causes none of the health problems generally associated with prison segregation, according to court documents filed in a lawsuit last week.

The statements contradict the bulk of academic research on the health effects of prison isolation and run counter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s promises to reform the practice. “There is a definite a disconnect between what politicians are saying about this matter, and what their servants in the Department of Justice are arguing in court,” said Avnish Nanda, the lawyer representing three men suing Correctional Service Canada.

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