Definition of solitary confinement in English:

solitary confinement


  • The isolation of a prisoner in a separate cell as a punishment.

    ‘she was kept in solitary confinement for three days’
    • ‘Through his church, he organized a group of men to visit prisoners in solitary confinement.’
    • ‘Tortured, held in solitary confinement and imprisoned for five and a half years, he refused the offer of an early release out of a sense of honour.’
    • ‘Surely solitary confinement for life is a horrible enough punishment.’
    • ‘Mike is presently held in solitary confinement in a federal prison facility without bail.’
    • ‘A short but brutal period of solitary confinement in a nearby prisoner of war camp scarred him for life.’
    • ‘Was solitary confinement properly regulated and approved by the authorities?’
    • ‘This could have implications for the way prisoners are treated in police custody cells or in solitary confinement.’
    • ‘There, the standard punishment was transfer to solitary confinement in the sensory deprivation isolation wing.’
    • ‘He had spent three years in solitary confinement as a prisoner of war, and was aghast.’
    • ‘I can well understand the mournful complaint of the prisoner in solitary confinement.’
    • ‘For much of this time, he was held in solitary confinement in a tiny cell that he has likened to a grave.’
    • ‘And David was held for months on end in solitary confinement with very little contact with other people.’
    • ‘They want to prevent the introduction of solitary confinement and achieve humane prison conditions.’
    • ‘He spent much of his time in solitary confinement, in a prison condemned by the UN for torture.’
    • ‘The former civil servant has endured beatings, solitary confinement and death threats while in prison.’
    • ‘She and her legal partners are expected to protest solitary confinements in a press conference today.’
    • ‘She could see certain parallels with prisoners in solitary confinement.’
    • ‘He spent nearly three years in prison, sometimes in solitary confinement, sometimes doing hard labour.’
    • ‘It was so called because it was entirely made up of individual cells for the solitary confinement of prisoners.’
    • ‘He will spend Christmas and the New Year in solitary confinement in the Tokyo Detention Centre.’


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