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The Toll of Solitary Confinement

Monday / October 3, 2016


Throughout the nation, state prisons are coming under intense scrutiny because of concerns that inmates who are deprived of social contact in solitary confinement can suffer serious psychological damage. At Men’s Central Jail in downtown Los Angeles, there are more than 300 inmates living in near-total solitude, deprived of meaningful human contact either because they have misbehaved behind bars or because officials believe they must be kept away for safety reasons.


The average stay in restrictive housing, another name for solitary confinement, is more than a year – shorter than the decades some state prisoners spent in solitary, but still plenty of time to experience debilitating psychological effects including paranoia and hallucinations – which can even continue after an inmate goes home.


Late last year, LA County embarked on a series of changes designed to reduce the solitary population and provide more social contact for the prisoners. They acknowledge this shift is partly humanitarian, giving inmates more time out of their cells and more access to educational classes, but they are also hoping this makes the jails easier to run since a lot of behavioral issues stem from the psychological effects of solitary confinement.


Nobody likes to picture themselves or a loved one in solitary confinement, let alone prison. If you are charged with a crime, it is vital to contact a qualified Tempe criminal lawyer to help you navigate the confusing court process.


As an experienced criminal defense attorney, I believe everyone deserves the right to quality, cost-effective, immediate representation and sound legal advice. My time as a Deputy County Attorney showed me first-hand the difference a qualified, aggressive criminal defense attorney can have on a Tempe criminal defense legal matter.


Criminal Defense Attorney Kyle T. Green


If you are facing criminal charges, I can provide you with experienced, competent, trustworthy, and aggressive representation. Call 480-331-7568 to schedule a free, initial consultation to discuss your situation in a free case review.

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