solitary confinement

solitary confinement
n.
Imprisoning someone alone in an isolated cell, without contact with fellow prisoners or without any human contact at all, even from prison employees.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


solitary confinement
The placement of a prisoner in a cell away from other prisoners, usually as a form of internal discipline, but occasionally to protect the convict from other prisoners or to prevent the prisoner from causing trouble.
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

solitary confinement
n.
   the placement of a prisoner in a federal or state prison in a cell away from other prisoners, usually as a form of internal penal discipline, but occasionally to protect the con- vict from other prisoners or to prevent the prisoner from causing trouble. Long-term solitary confinement may be found to be unconstitutional as "cruel and unusual punishment."

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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