Writing in The Irish Times, Joe Humphreys examines the impact of solitary confinement - the practice of holding prisoners up to 23 hours a day in isolation, for reasons of protection or punishment - on prisoners' mental health. The article gives voice to three prisoners speaking about their experience of 'the pad'.
Read 'The Prison Trap: mental strains of solitary confinement' article here.
This article was part of the excellent investigative series on mental health and prisons, 'The Prison Trap', which ran in the The Irish Times from 14-17 Sept 2013.
Read more about the series here.