A cell used for solitary confinement is seen at a Rhode Island prison in the US. Some lawmakers in Rhode Island are pushing to curb the use of solitary confinement in state prisons. Photo: AP

A case for solitary confinement

Grenville Cross says the recent legal challenge mounted by Norwegian mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik is part of a wider pushback against the use of the punishment, which, though harsh, may be inavoidable in some cases

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A cell used for solitary confinement is seen at a Rhode Island prison in the US. Some lawmakers in Rhode Island are pushing to curb the use of solitary confinement in state prisons. Photo: AP
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