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Mental Health Consequences Following Release from Long-Term Solitary Confinement in California

Mental Health Consequences Following Release from Long-Term Solitary Confinement in California

Human Rights in Trauma Mental Health Lab and Center for Constitutional Rights. Mental Health Consequences Following Release from Long-Term Solitary Confinement in California. Stanford, California: Stanford University, 2017.

In Spring 2017, members of Stanford University’s Human Rights in Trauma Mental Health Laboratory (the Stanford Lab) were invited to consult with attorneys from the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) representing class members in the federal class action lawsuit Ashker v. The Governor of California (Ashker). The Stanford Lab was asked to gather narratives from Ashker class members in order to glean insight into what psychiatric consequences directly related to prolonged, indefinite isolation in the Security Housing Units (SHU) at California prisons are present, and to determine whether that harm continues to impact prisoners following their release from SHU into the general prison population (GP).

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Keywords: restrictive housing, segregated housing, segregation, vulnerable populations, disparities, disparity, administrative segregation, isolation, torture, discrimination, segregated housing and mental health, mental illness