“In the ongoing struggle to abolish solitary confinement one aspect of this practice that cannot be overlooked is the complicity of mental health staff who work with correctional personnel in these units. One organization, Social Workers Against Solitary Confinement, should be applauded for its efforts in highlighting and addressing the ethical conflict of social workers and other health and mental health providers in these settings. Solitary confinement is cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment and often torturous. It must be eliminated and replaced with humane alternatives.”

Juan Mendez, UN Special Rapporteur on Torture and Other Cruel Inhuman and Degrading Treatment of Punishment, 2016