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Is “Adaptation” the Right Question? Addressing the Larger Context of Administrative Segregation:

by Lorna A. Rhodes and David Lovell

 Abstract:    This article questions whether a longitudinal study from the Colorado Department of Corrections on the psychological effects of administrative segregation adequately addresses the context within which supermax confinement occurs.  Pointing to institutional dynamics and contradictory psychological effects, as well as to the unintended consequences of psychological testing, this article suggests that "adaptation to supermax" should not be taken at face value.  Rather, supermax produces a variety of harms to prisoners, staff, and communities that require attention not only to individuals, but also to the larger contexts of long-term incarceration.




Posted Tue, Jun 21 2011 10:00 AM by Tracey Vessels

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