Solitary confinement implicates many human rights and in theory should be a last resort in incarceration.  Yet in Queensland it has been used as a default option in managing difficult prisoners, in some cases on a long term basis.  Professor Walsh led a joint UQ and Prisoners Legal Service project on legal responses to solitary confinement.  This presentation will draw on that report and its insights and recommendations. 

About the speaker

Tamara Walsh has a background in both law and social work, and broad expertise in social welfare law.  Her work, much of it socio-legal and empirical, has explored the law’s relation to homelessness, children and young people, people on low incomes or with disabilities, and prisons and deaths in custody.  She was a founder of the UQ Pro Bono Centre, the leader of a national study on The Criminalisation of Poverty and Homelessness (ARC funded) and, amongst numerous reports and academic works, is the author of Homelessness and the Law (Federation Press).

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