Solitary: The Inside Story of Supermax Isolation and How We Can Abolish It by Terry Allen KupersSolitary: The Inside Story of Supermax Isolation and How We Can Abolish It by Terry Allen Kupers

Solitary: The Inside Story of Supermax Isolation and How We Can Abolish It

byTerry Allen Kupers

Hardcover | September 5, 2017

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“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.Solitaryis a must-read for anyone interested in understanding the true damage that solitary confinement inflicts on individuals living in isolation as well as on our society as a whole.

About The Author

Terry Allen Kupersis an award-winning psychiatrist and Professor Emeritus at The Wright Institute Graduate School of Psychology. As one of the nation's foremost experts on the mental health effects of solitary confinement, he has testified in over two dozen class action lawsuits about jail and prison conditions, the quality of mental h...

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Title:Solitary: The Inside Story of Supermax Isolation and How We Can Abolish ItFormat:HardcoverDimensions:312 pages, 9 × 6 × 1 inPublished:September 5, 2017Publisher:University of California PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0520292235

ISBN - 13:9780520292239

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments

Introduction

PART ONE
HARSH PRISON CONDITIONS

1 • Supermax Isolation
2 • A Culture of Punishment
3 • Race Matters a Lot

PART TWO
THE HUMAN DAMAGE

4 • The Decimation of Life Skills
5 • Adding Madness to the Mix
6 • Women Do Not Do Well in Solitary
7 • Youth in Isolation
8 • The SHU Postrelease Syndrome

PART THREE
THE ALTERNATIVE SOLITARY

9 • A Rehabilitative Attitude
10 • Mental Health Care in Corrections
11 • The Disruptive Prisoner
12 • Beyond Supermax Isolation

Notes
References
Index