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Law & Neuroscience: The Case of Solitary Confinement

Law & Neuroscience: The Case of Solitary Confinement

Lobel, Jules, and Huda Akil. “Law & Neuroscience: The Case of Solitary Confinement.” Daedalus 147, no. 4 (2018).

“This essay discusses the interface between neuroscience and the law. It underscores the potential for neuroscience to break down the division that currently exists in law between physiological and psychological harm and between physical and mental injury. To show how scientific knowledge can illuminate a complex legal issue, we analyze the recent use of neuroscience in evaluating the harm caused by prolonged solitary confinement.”

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Keywords: solitary confinement, segregation, restrictive housing, isolation, mental health, segregation and mental health