The Sourcebook on Solitary Confinement , written by Dr Sharon Shalev, was first published in 2008. It provides a comprehensive single point of reference on solitary confinement, its documented health effects, and professional, ethical and human rights guidelines and codes of practice relating to its use.

The aim of the sourcebook is to encourage policy makers and prison managers to put in place safeguards and mechanisms to limit the use of solitary confinement and to mitigate its harmful consequences.

Since its publication, the sourcebook on solitary confinement has been translated into Russian, French, Chinese, and now also Spanish, with a new preface by the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, Mr Juan E Mendez.

All versions are available as free downloads online at