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Author Kupers, Terry Allen, author.

Title Solitary : the inside story of supermax isolation and how we can abolish it / Terry Allen Kupers
Published Oakland, California : University of California Press, [2017]


Description 1 online resource (xi, 291 pages) : illustrations
Contents Supermax isolation -- A culture of punishment -- Race matters a lot -- The decimation of life skills -- Adding madness to the mix -- Women do not do well in solitary -- Youth in isolation -- The SHU post-release syndrome -- A rehabilitative attitude -- Mental health care in corrections -- The disruptive prisoner -- Beyond supermax isolation
Summary ""When I testify in court, I am often asked: 'What is the damage of long-term solitary confinement?' ... Many prisoners emerge from prison after years in solitary with very serious psychiatric symptoms even though outwardly they may appear emotionally stable. The damage from isolation is dreadfully real.""--Terry Allen Kupers. Imagine spending nearly twenty-four hours a day alone, confined to an eight-by-ten-foot windowless cell. This is the reality of approximately one hundred thousand inmates in solitary confinement in the United States today. Terry Allen Kupers, one of the nation's foremost experts on the mental health effects of solitary confinement, tells the powerful stories of the inmates he has interviewed while investigating prison conditions during the past forty years. Touring supermax security prisons as a forensic psychiatrist, Kupers has met prisoners who have been viciously beaten or raped, subdued with immobilizing gas, or ignored in the face of urgent medical and psychiatric needs. Kupers criticizes the physical and psychological abuse of prisoners and then offers rehabilitative alternatives to supermax isolation.--Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on August 18, 2017)
Subject Solitary confinement -- United States -- Psychological aspects
Prisoners -- Mental health -- United States
PSYCHOLOGY -- Forensic Psychology.
Prisoners -- Mental health.
United States.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2017008047
ISBN 9780520965737
Other Titles Inside story of supermax isolation and how we can abolish it