Mental Health Issues in Long-Term Solitary and “Supermax” Confinement

  title={Mental Health Issues in Long-Term Solitary and “Supermax” Confinement},
  author={Craig Haney},
  journal={Crime \& Delinquency},
  pages={124 - 156}
  • C. Haney
  • Published 1 January 2003
  • Psychology
  • Crime & Delinquency
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. After briefly discussing the nature of these specialized and increasingly widespread units and the forces that have given rise to them, the article reviews some of the unique mental-health-related issues they present, including the large literature that exists on the negative psychological effects of… 

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