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Solitary confinement and mental illness in U.S. prisons: a challenge for medical ethics.

  title={Solitary confinement and mental illness in U.S. prisons: a challenge for medical ethics.},
  author={Jeffrey l. Metzner and Jamie Fellner},
  journal={The journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law},
  volume={38 1},
  • J. Metzner, J. Fellner
  • Published 2010
  • Medicine
  • The journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law
In recent years, prison officials have increasingly turned to solitary confinement as a way to manage difficult or dangerous prisoners. Many of the prisoners subjected to isolation, which can extend for years, have serious mental illness, and the conditions of solitary confinement can exacerbate their symptoms or provoke recurrence. Prison rules for isolated prisoners, however, greatly restrict the nature and quantity of mental health services that they can receive. In this article, we describe… Expand
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