Arbitrary or Administrative: The Consequences of Unregulated Segregation

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Victoria Romanik
Regan Brodziak


This paper explores the consequences of the Canadian practice of administrative segregation (solitary confinement) as it currently exists with few mechanisms of oversight and few regulations guiding its use. The consequences are examined from three perspectives: that of ethics, that of reintegration and, finally, that of its uneven application. These consequences are evaluated and compared to the benefits of this practice in order to provide a more objective analysis. This paper concludes by arguing that, instead of abolishing the practice of solitary confinement in its entirety, the Correctional Service of Canada should instead create more comprehensive restrictions regarding its use so as to reduce the inevitable harms produced by this practice and in turn contribute to public safety.

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