Psychologist Interviews California Inmates To Examine Effects Of Isolation

On the front of its Science Times section, the New York Times (8/4, D1, Goode, Subscription Publication) reports in a 2,500-word story that studies conducted over the past 50 years have shown that isolation in those who are incarcerated “can worsen mental illness and produce symptoms even in prisoners who start out psychologically robust.” The Times profiles the work of social psychologist Craig Haney, PhD, whose interviews of prisoners at California’s Pelican Bay State Prison “offer the first systematic look at inmates isolated from normal human contact for much of their adult lives and the profound losses that such confinement appears to produce.” Prison mental health issue expert and psychiatrist Terry Kupers, MD, “found in interviews of former Pelican Bay inmates…that even years after their release, many still carried the psychological legacy of their confinement.”

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— “Solitary Confinement: Punished for Life,” Erica Goode, New York Times, August 3, 2015.

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