Chicago Journal of International Law

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Non-disciplinary solitary confinement encompasses a wide variety of practices used to manage prison populations worldwide. These practices, like their disciplinary equivalents, cause severe and unnecessary harm to prisoners, violating the United Nations Convention against Torture. Though the Convention against Torture has limited effects on state behavior, a finding that non-disciplinary solitary confinement is torture would improve conditions and future outcomes for prisoners without significantly diminishing administrators’ ability to effectively run correctional facilities.