Canada moves to end solitary confinement

With a new bill dealing within the house on the structure of Federal Prison system is moving to end solitary confinement.

The Liberal government is moving to end the use of solitary confinement in federal prisons.

Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale tabled legislation Tuesday to establish penitentiary units — to be called Structured Intervention Units (SIU) — that will house inmates separately while still giving them access to rehabilitation, mental health care and other programs.

Under the new SIU model, inmates who can’t be safely managed in the mainstream population will receive interventions and programs tailored to their needs. They will also be allowed outside their cells for four hours each day (compared to two under the current administrative segregation model) and will have access to two hours a day of "meaningful human contact.