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NASW Social Justice Brief urges social workers push to end solitary confinement, offers guidance to help inmates

On any given day 80,000 to 100,000 inmates in U.S. prisons, jails or juvenile detention facilities are in solitary confinement. The practice can cause long-term damage to the mental health of inmates. This Social Justice Brief from the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), Solitary Confinement: A Clinical Social Work Perspective, offers and overview of this issue. It urges social ... Read More »

Returning Home: Reintegration after Prison or Jail

The United States has the highest incarceration rate in the world. In 2013, there were 2.3 million persons in U.S. prisons and jails. Eventually 95% of these people will be released. As of 2013, there are 850,000 persons on parole after release. Yet these people have great difficulty re-integrating back into society. The data shows that within 3 years of ... Read More »

A Social Work Response to Solitary Confinement

In recent years, there has been a growing national movement to challenge the practice and premise for using solitary confinement as a method of behavioral control in the nation’s prisons, jails and juvenile facilities.The strong opposition to solitary confinement is primarily based on questions about the belief that use of such practices is a clear human rights violation. Before we ... Read More »

New from Social Work Research Journal

Recidivism and Survival Time: Racial Disparity among Jail Ex-Inmates Hyunzee Jung, MSW, Solveig Spjeldnes, PhD, and Hide Yamatani, PhD A recent study was conducted to compare the recidivism rates between black and white males for jail time.  Although prison recidivism has been studied extensively, jail recidivism has rarely been studied.  The authors hypothesized that black males would be more likely ... Read More »