Solitary confinement is a popular form of punishment in prisons. However, it often results in the deterioration of the inmate’s mental health, especially when it is prolonged. It may lead to severe mental illness or self-harm, including suicide. In addition to the mental health effects, solitary confinement inhibits the rehabilitation process as it limits or eliminates exercise, visitation hours, medical treatment, and group recreation. Without these, many inmates lose their sense of identity and their hold on reality, thereby reducing the odds of successful reentry into society. To improve solitary confinement conditions, prison administrators should provide accessible psychiatrist treatment and limit the duration of time inmates spend in isolation.
"Isolated Insanity: The Damaging Effects of Solitary Confinement,"
Intuition: The BYU Undergraduate Journal in Psychology: Vol. 12
, Article 11.
Available at: https://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/intuition/vol12/iss2/11