Erdem Kızılkaya, who is in Kepsut Prison in Balikesir Province for 22 months waiting for a trial, kept in solitary confinement for the last 16 months. According to law, solitary confinement cannot be more than 20 days. TV, newspaper and garden are forbidden. Due to the severe torture, he can not walk, his feet are swollen.
Solitary confinement receives severe criticism for having detrimental psychological effects and constituting torture. According to a 2017 review study, “a robust scientific literature has established the negative psychological effects of solitary confinement”, leading to “an emerging consensus among correctional as well as professional, mental health, legal, and human rights organizations to drastically limit the use solitary confinement.