Research summary: Recommended Changes for Supermax Prisons
This referenced position paper recommends changes to secure housing units (SHUs, also known as supermaximum “supermax” custody units) and treatment of prisoners based on a literature review (including case law) that examined the psychological and physical effects of solitary confinement on prisoners, especially those with mental illness.
This research summary, prepared by the AIA Academy of Architecture for Justice (AAJ) in 2014, is adapted from:
Author: Bruce A. Arrigo and Jennifer Leslie Bullock, Department of Criminal Justice, The University of North Carolina, Charlotte
Article Title: The Psychological Effects of Solitary Confinement on Prisoners in Supermax Units: Reviewing What We Know and Recommending What Should Change
Publication: International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology
Publication Type: Refereed Journal
Date of Publication: November 2007