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Supermax Incarceration and Recidivism

By Daniel P. Mears and William D. Bales


We find evidence that supermax incarceration may increase violent recidivism but find no evidence of an effect of the duration of supermax incarceration or the recency of such incarceration to the time of release into society. We discuss the findings and their implications for theory, research, and policy.

Recidivism of Supermax Prisoners in Washington State

By David Lovell, L. Clark Johnson and Kevin C. Cain

Crime & Delinquency 2007 53: 633

Breaking Men's Minds: Behavior Control and Human Experimentation at the Federal Prison in Marion

By Eddie Griffin

Journal of Prisoners on Prisons Vol. 4 No. 2 (1993)

Inalienable Rights: Applying international human rights standards to the U.S. criminal justice system

By The American Friends Service Committee, Criminal Justice Program, Prison Watch Project

The Prison Inside the Prison: Control Units, Supermax Prisons, and Devices of Torture

By Rachel Kamel and Bonnie Kerness

American Friends Service Committee


Torture in United States Prisons: Evidence of Human Rights Violations

2nd Edition

American Friends Service Committee, New York Metropolitan Region, Healing Justice Program


The False Promise of Adolescent Brain Science in Juvenile Justice

By Terry A. Maroney

Notre Dame Law Review, Vol. 85:1, 2009

Conditions of Confinement: Isolation and Related Issues

From: Custody and Control:
Conditions of Confinement in New York's Juvenile Prisons for Girls

Human Rights Watch/ACLU
September 2006

Juvenile Justice: Lessons For A New Era

By Mark Soler, Dana Shoenberg, and Mark Schindler

Georgetown Journal on Poverty Law & Policy
Volume XVI, Symposium Issue 2009

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