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Solitary Confinement and Its Effects on Interpersonal Relationships….

October 29, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm CDT

Roundtable Discussion

Solitary Confinement and Its Effects on Interpersonal Relationships Following Incarceration

Ivory McMillian, Psy.D, LPC, NCC, BC-TMH, CCHP – MH Health Services Manager, Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services, Adjunct Professor, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Washington DC Campus

Elizabeth Quirch, Forensic Psychology: Professional Counselor Licensure Track Student, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Washington DC Campus

Solitary confinement is a practice utilized in American prison systems as a form of punishment and control for incarcerated individuals. Numerous studies have demonstrated the vast psychological and physiological detrimental effects on those who have been in solitary confinement for prolonged periods of time. Additionally, literature explores the possible illegality of the practice according to the constitution’s eighth amendment. Research has indicated the immediate poignant effect on prisoners but there is a gap in research surrounding these effects once a prisoner has completed their sentence and is reintegrated back into society. This roundtable is aimed to explore the possible long-term effects of solitary confinement on interpersonal relationships for returning citizens according to the literature that is available. Additionally, a conversation on the possible eradication of the use of solitary in American prison systems or the development of prison reform policies will be discussed.

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