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“Trauma, Stress, and Coping Among Older Adults in Prison: Towards a Human Rights and Intergenerational Family Justice Action Agenda”. Tina Maschi (January 2015)

As the article describes, although there is a growing body of research on conditions of confinement, including older adults, many inquiries about areas of concern remain unanswered. Specifically, what are the primary traumatic experiences and…
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Testimony In SUPPORT of House Bill 1001 – Correctional Services – Restrictive Housing – Limitations Thank you for the opportunity to comment on House Bill 1001 – Correctional Services – Restrictive Housing -Limitations.

On behalf of the National Association of Social Workers,  Maryland Chapter, we urge your support for this bill, which prevents the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services from placing an inmate in restrictive housing for more…
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This video shows why solitary confinement is cruel and unusual punishment

  "Imagine being so desperate for outside contact that you interpret a sound in the wind as a whisper or take to caring for a spider by feeding it other bugs. In a short documentary by filmmaker Cali Bondad and reporter Gabrielle…
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Lockdown on Rikers Shortlisted for the 2016 Brooklyn Eagles Literary Prize

Lockdown on Rikers Shortlisted for the 2016 Brooklyn Eagles Literary Prize "Mary E Buser's book "Lockdown on Rikers" (St. Martin's Press 9/29/2015), was recently shortlisted in the 2016 Brooklyn Eagles Literary Prize "Mary Buser's book,…
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Alternatives to Solitary Confinement and the ASCA-Liman Report

When members of SWASC advocate against solitary confinement of prisoners, they are often met with expressions of concern about releasing "the worst of the worst", and ask about what humane alternatives are available. The Association of…

The Guardian Released a Virtual Reality experience of Solitary Confinement

"What’s it like to spend 23 hours a day in a cell measuring 6x9 feet for days, weeks, months or even years? 6x9 is the Guardian's first virtual reality experience, which places you inside a US solitary confinement prison cell and tells the…
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Important Study on Dual Loyalty and Correctional Health Leads to Future Research and Reforms

"Social workers Mary Buser and Mary Gamble resigned from their positions as mental health clinicians in solitary confinement units because of ethical issues relating to dual loyalty. An important Study by Sarah Glowa-Kollisch and colleagues…
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Want to develop a college-corrections partnership? New fact sheet provides tips

Want to develop a college-corrections partnership? New fact sheet provides tips Vera Institute's new  fact sheet shares lessons learned from the development and implementation of their Unlocking Potential: Pathways from Prison to Postsecondary…
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Report to the NASW

REPORT FOR BOARD ACTION ITEM Subject/Title: Proposed Actions Regarding Solitary Confinement Date: January 8, 2016 Prepared by: Moya Atkinson, Convener and Member of the Social Workers against Solitary Confinement Task Force (SWASC TF)* Action(s)…