This 2017 report is based on interviews with individuals at three maximum-security prisons in California. Researchers found that people formerly held in indefinite solitary confinement in California’s Security Housing Units (SHUs) face continuing mental health consequences even after they are
This article examines living conditions on death row— typically held in restrictive housing, under heightened security restrictions—through an environmental justice lens.
This article discusses the recent increase in the use of solitary-like confinement, especially the rise of so-called supermax prisons and the special mental health issues and challenges they pose.
Findings on solitary confinement and the effects of sensory deprivation in psychiatric seclusion are summarized.
This article describes the use of segregation to confine prisoners with serious mental illness, the psychological consequences of such confinement, and the response of U.S. courts and human rights experts.
In a study of the incidence of suicide in jails and prisons under increasing conditions of deprivation in Italy from 2004 to 2008, imprisonment involving greater levels of isolation was found to be associated with a higher rate of suicide.
This report presents the findings from Vera’s assessment and recommendations for reforms, as well as an overview of the reform efforts Nevada has made over the last few years.
This report presents the findings from Vera’s assessment of Louisiana's use of restrictive housing and recommendations for reform, as well as an overview of the reform efforts Louisiana has made so far.
This report presents the findings from Vera’s assessment and recommendations for reform, as well as an overview of the reform efforts Virginia made prior to and during the assessment, and the significant reforms that Virginia has implemented since that time.
This article examines the trend of “attempts to solve the crisis by convicting the prisoner of additional crimes to extend prison tenure or by activating postincarceration civil commitment to a psychiatric hospital.”
In this article, the authors examined people sent to New York City's Clinical Alternative to Punitive Segregation (CAPS) unit as well as those sent to the Restrictive Housing Unit (RHU) and their clinical outcomes (focused on incidents of self-harm