Against the Grain

Punishment in Solitary

According to Terry Kupers, a culture of punishment and impunity pervades solitary confinement facilities around the U.S. Because many inmates in solitary suffer from serious mental illness, they can respond to escalating punishments in ways that invite more — and more brutal — punitive measures. Kupers discusses what can be done to promote, rather than undermine, inmates’ emotional stability and prospects for rehabilitation.

Terry Kupers, Solitary: The Inside Story of Supermax Isolation and How We Can Abolish It University of California Press, 2017

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