This 2012 report from the American Friends Service Committee is the first effort to directly link conditions in Arizona’s supermax prisons with the state’s high recidivism rate.
This brief by the Vera Institute of Justice provides an overview of the vast body of research on the harmful impacts of solitary confinement on incarcerated people, corrections staff, and the broader community.
This factsheet from Solitary Watch highlights the psychological harms of restrictive housing and its failure to reduce violence in prisons.
The Marshall Project. “From Solitary to the Street.” The Marshall Project, June 11, 2015. themarshallproject.org/2015/06/11/from-solitary-to-the-street. This article published by The Marshall Project examines the harmful effects of releasing incarcerated people from restrictive housing directly into the community. By recounting the stories of
This study published in the Journal of Quantitative Criminology examines the impact of short-term punitive segregation on future violence or misconduct for those found guilty of a violent act upon incarceration.
This Vera Institute of Justice video outlines ways the organization partners with corrections agencies to reduce their reliance on restrictive housing.
This 2018 video features interviews with staff at the Colorado State Penitentiary, providing their points of view on the facility’s reforms.
This Cornell University study finds that short-term disciplinary segregation in correctional facilities can increase recidivism and unemployment for formerly incarcerated people.
This report stresses the importance of visitation and its effects on recidivism.
A cross-section of studies on the relationship between overcrowding and inmate misconduct is reviewed to provide a strategy for more uniform research on the topic.
This report examines the effects of prison visitation on recidivism among 16,420 offenders released from Minnesota prisons between 2003 and 2007.