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NCJ Number: 126994 Find in a Library
Title: Reexamining the Cruel and Unusual Punishment of Prison Life
Journal: Law and Human Behavior  Volume:14  Issue:4  Dated:(August 1990)  Pages:347-372
Author(s): J Bonta; P Gendreau
Date Published: 1990
Page Count: 26
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: It has been widely assumed that prison is destructive to the psychological and emotional well-being of those it detains. However, this assumption has rarely been critically examined. The present report evaluated the evidence pertaining to the effects of imprisonment.
Abstract: Studies on the effects of prison crowding, long-term imprisonment and short-term imprisonment, solitary confinement, death row, and the health risks associated with imprisonment provide inconclusive evidence regarding the "pains of imprisonment." Rather, the evidence points to the importance of individual differences in adapting to incarceration. As the use of incarceration is unlikely to decrease in the near future, research on its effects is urgently needed, and a situation-by-person approach may be the most fruitful research strategy. 186 references (Author abstract)
Main Term(s): Effects of imprisonment
Index Term(s): Death row inmates; Long-term imprisonment; Prison overcrowding; Solitary confinement
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