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Researchers offer Reflective Responses to a Recent Colorado Supermax Study
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In October 2010, the Colorado Department of Corrections released a research report on the impact of administrative segregation (solitary confinement) on mentally ill and non-mentally ill prisoners. In One Year Longitudinal Study of the Psychological Effects of Administrative Segregation (O'Keefe et al., 2010), researchers Maureen O'Keefe of the Colorado Department of Corrections and psychologist Kelli Klebe and colleagues from the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs report the results of their investigation.

This new study finds that mentally ill and non-mentally ill prisoners held in administrative segregation experienced fewer harmful effects than anticipated. Noting that they initially expected to find harmful consequences of solitary confinement in the state's "supermax" prison, Colorado researchers found, instead, that, for the first year of such confinement at least, administrative segregation prisoners were only marginally affected by their confinement. In the articles that follow, national and international researchers offer an array of critical and reflective responses to this study. The study's authors then offer a thoughtful and informative response.  The articles are accessible in  "Corrections and Mental Health"  an online information resource sponsored by NIC. 

Posted Wed, Jun 22 2011 1:44 PM by Tracey Vessels
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