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The Wages of Prison Overcrowding: Harmful Psychological Consequences and Dysfunctional Correctional Reactions

The Wages of Prison Overcrowding: Harmful Psychological Consequences and Dysfunctional Correctional Reactions

Haney, Craig. “The wages of prison overcrowding: Harmful psychological consequences and dysfunctional correctional reactions.” Wash. UJL & Pol’y 22 (2006): 265.

This article discusses the issue of overcrowding and the role segregation plays in addressing the issue with “three preliminary points in mind—that prisons can be and often are psychologically harmful; having too many prisoners makes already adverse prison conditions much worse; and many of the most serious problems that now plague American corrections could have been avoided if population limits and humane housing standards had been implemented in the early years of overincarceration.”

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Keywords: psychology, disciplinary, infractions, management, mentally ill, long-term, supermax