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Environmental Conditions of Detention

Environmental Conditions of Detention

The research project Environmental Conditions of Detention aims to understand the impact on detainees of the environment in which they are held.

Sound and music

It’s widely recognised that our sounding environment can have a dramatic impact on our health and wellbeing. People deprived of their liberty, whatever the reason, are no different.  They may actually be at increased risk because of their situation. Detainees do not have the option of removing themselves from the source of the harm. In addition, numerous studies document how sound, music and silence have been actively used in torture and ill-treatment of detainees worldwide.

Building on research in fields including musicology, sound studies, law, anthropology and architectural acoustics, we aim to collate, generate and disseminate knowledge that will lead to better protections for people deprived of their liberty, whether their place of detention is a prison, a hospital, or a facility for asylum-seekers and displaced people.



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