Does Race Affect the Usage of Solitary Confinement as Punishment Within Prisons?
Bradlee Elders, Christopher Miller
The criminal justice system has faced much scrutiny in recent years due to the prejudice that police are letting, consciously or unconsciously, influence the way that they conduct their duties. Does this subjection to racism and prejudice stop with policing or does it go even further to the correctional side of the criminal justice system? The current study looks a little deeper and asks the question “Does race affect the usage of solitary confinement as punishment within prisons?”. A few prior studies have been conducted with the hope of answering this question and have found that there are racial disparities in the use of solitary confinement as punishment, however, most results were insignificant enough to make a sound conclusion. By analyzing data provided by the Survey of Inmates in State and Federal Correctional Facilities in 2004, composed of self-reported responses from 18,185 incarcerated individuals, the current study found evidence of disparities within the use of solitary confinement in prisons, however, not due to race as the results were not significant enough. The current study, however, has found that there are significant disparities in the use of solitary confinement as punishment in prisons when the mental health of the incarcerated individual is taken into consideration.
Primary Advisor's Department
Criminal Justice and Security Studies
Stander Symposium, College of Arts and Sciences
Institutional Learning Goals
Critical Evaluation of Our Times; Diversity; Scholarship
"Does Race Affect the Usage of Solitary Confinement as Punishment Within Prisons?" (2023). Stander Symposium Projects. 3102.
Presentation: 1:00-1:20 p.m., Humanities 109