Advocates: Mass. unlawfully isolates mentally ill inmates
The Boston Globe - 12/31/2016
Across the country, there is a strong movement to limit the use of segregation in prisons, especially for juveniles and people with mental illness, said Natasha A. Frost, an associate professor of criminology and criminal justice at Northeastern University who coauthored a recent paper on segregation for the National Institute of Justice. Change is driven by growing concern about its possible harmful effects, as well as its high cost and few benefits, she said.
“The evidence suggests that it doesn’t work very well to reduce systemwide violence,” Frost said, “and when we start to move away from it, there is little evidence of negative effects.”