The Psychological Impact of Incarceration: Implications for Post-Prison Adjustment
Resource Type: Documents and Publications
Focus Population: People with Criminal Justice System Involvement, People with Serious Mental Illness (SMI)
Topics: Criminal or Juvenile Justice System, Post-discharge, Community Reentry
This paper examines the unique set of psychological changes that many prisoners are forced to undergo in order to survive the prison experience. It argues that, as a result of several trends in American corrections, the personal challenges posed and psychological harms in-flicted in the course of incarceration have grown over the last several decades in the United States.