Exploring the use of special housing units by men released from new york correctional facilities: A small mixed-methods study

Pamela Valera, Cheryl L. Kates-Benman

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Abstract

This small, mixed-methods study sought to understand the use of special housing units among formerly incarcerated men. In the present study, 110 participants were placed in solitary confinement, ranging from ≤30 days to 20 years, with a mean of 2 years (SD = 2.55). These men ranged in age from 35 to 67 years, with a mean age of 46 years. Years of incarceration ranged from less than 30 days to 34 years; the mean number of years incarcerated was 4 (SD = 6.39). Of the 110 participants, qualitative interviews were conducted with 30 men to explore their experiences during time spent in solitary. The qualitative themes that emerged from the study were getting special housing units might be used for punishment, getting used to solitary, and getting solitary might mean peace of mind. Personalized reentry plans for men placed in special housing units facilities are urgently needed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)466-473
Number of pages8
JournalAmerican Journal of Men's Health
Volume10
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2016
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Health(social science)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

Keywords

  • Criminal justice
  • Men
  • Mental health assessments
  • Reentry
  • Solitary

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