NL Solitary Confinement

A lawsuit has been certified as a Class Action against the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador in relation to the use of solitary confinement or segregation in it’s Provincial Institutions. The action applies to inmates who were subjected to segregation for 15 days or longer, or who suffered from a pre-existing serious mental illness (with some exclusions) and were subjected to segregation for any period of time, between August 14, 1990 to October 21, 2021.

Segregation is defined as any placement in a Provincial Institution in which an inmate is confined in isolation from the general population of the prison. This can include time spent in disciplinary or administrative segregation, the special handling unit, a dry cell, or time spent locked in one’s own cell.

Provincial Institutions include any of the following correctional facilities:

  • Her Majesty’s Penitentiary;
  • Newfoundland and Labrador Correctional Centre for Women;
  • Labrador Correctional Centre;
  • Bishop’s Falls Correctional Centre;
  • West Coast Correctional Centre;
  • St. John’s Lockup; and
  • Corner Brook Lockup.

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