Solitary Confinement Places Inmates With Mental Illness At Increased Risk

Although “some states have moved to curb long-term ‘solitary confinement’ in prisons, where research shows it can drive those with mental illnesses further over the edge,” little has been done to address the issue “in the country’s 3,300 local jails,” the AP (9/21, Geller) reported. The time that jail inmates spend in “lockdown” is usually “limited,” but those “with serious mental illnesses are more likely to break rules and stay jailed longer,” which increases the risk of “additional psychological damage.”

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