"Fatal Flaws" in the Colorado Solitary Confinement Study

Guest Post by Stuart Grassian, M.D. Editors’ Note: The Colorado Department of Corrections recently released the controversial¬†results of a year-long, federally funded study conducted at the Colorado State Penitentiary, a supermax prison in Ca√Īon City where more than 700 men are held in solitary confinement.¬†Entitled “One Year Longitudinal Study¬†of the Psychological Effects of Administrative Segregation,” […]

Psychiatrists on Solitary Confinement

An article about solitary confinement appears in the¬†current issue of Psychiatric News, a publication of the American Psychiatric Association,¬† “Psychiatrists Decry Punishment That Isolates Prisoners.” It’s encouraging to see this issue at least being discussed in a forum for¬†the leading professional organization¬†of American¬†psychiatrists–which has never undertaken an official¬†review of mental health professionals’ possible¬†role in¬†torture in […]

Solitary Confinement Is a "Challenge for Medical Ethics"

Anyone interested in solitary confinement should¬†be aware of this article in the¬†most recent¬†issue of the¬†Journal of the American Academy¬†of Psychiatry and the¬†Law: “Solitary Confinement and Mental Illness in U.S. Prisons: A Challenge for Medical Ethics,” by Jeffrey L. Metzner, MD and Jamie Fellner, Esq.¬†Metzner is a respected forensic psychiatrist and professor at the University of […]