Psychological Effects of Imprisonment - Oxford Handbooks
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date: 25 November 2015

Abstract and Keywords

This article studies the psychological effects of imprisonment. It addresses the argument that the present justice system suffers from legal and structural flaws, both of which cause pain to the imprisoned and eventually increases crime. It notes that adapting to prison means exposure to sexual assault, violence, and overcrowding, which may cause social and personal problems that would prevent successful reintegration.

Keywords: psychological effects, imprisonment, justice system, flaws, adapting to prison, reintegration

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