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Those kinds of units like the ones at the prison in Columbia’s Harbison area are not unusual across the nation, said Stuart Andrews, an attorney who represented an advocacy group that sued the corrections agency for its poor treatment of the mentally ill.

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On November 23, 2011, the California Department of Corrections published the “”, the second of what CDCR promises to be an annual report of the recidivism rate of its institutions. The one-year recidivism rate for those in the SHU was 52.2 percent while those not assigned to the SHU had a one year recidivism rate of 47.6 percent. At two years, 64.9 percent vs. 60.2 percent were the figures, and by three years 69.8 percent (or, 4,189 of the 6002) were back in prison vs. 64.8 percent of those who hadn’t served time in the SHU.

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The of the Commission on Safety and Abuse in America’s Prisons found that solitary confinement was related to higher than average recidivism rates, particularly if people are released back into the community directly from solitary and that recidivism could be reduced if structured, evidence-based programming and educational opportunities are made available to those in solitary.

In Texas, there are over  mentally ill state prisoners in solitary confinement, according to a February 2015 report.

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Yes, in large numbers. Over the past 30 years, prisons and jails have become the nation’s largest inpatient psychiatric centers, and solitary confinement cells, in particular, are now used to warehouse thousands of individuals with mental illness. In a , Human Rights Watch estimated, based on available state data, that one-third to one-half of those held in isolation had some form of mental illness.

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In , , it has been found that suicide rates are significantly higher among people held in solitary confinement than in general population. In 2013, forensic psychiatrist Dr. Raymond Patterson prisoners in California’s Security Housing Units and Administrative Segregation Units have a 33 times greater chance of suicide than someone in the prison system’s general population.

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In before the California Assembly’s Public Safety Committee in August 2011, Dr. Craig Haney discussed the effects of solitary confinement: “In short, prisoners in these units complain of chronic and overwhelming feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and depression. Rates of suicide in the California lockup units are by far the highest in any prison housing units anywhere in the country. Many people held in the SHUs become deeply and unshakably paranoid, and are profoundly anxious around and afraid of people (on those rare occasions when they are allowed contact with them). Some begin to lose their grasp on their sanity and badly decompensate.”

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In Florida, spent 15 years in solitary confinement in adult prison for a crime he committed at age 13. He often cut himself, and he tried to kill himself at least five times. At Montana State Prison, was placed in solitary confinement at age 17, received no mental health treatment despite self-mutilation and suicide attempts. was known to have “twice attempted to kill himself by biting through his wrist to puncture a vein” before he was removed from solitary.

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According to the Campaign for Youth Justice, data shows that juveniles are 36 times more likely to commit suicide in an adult jail than a juvenile detention facility and 19 times more likely to kill themselves in isolation than in general population. In the juvenile justice system, approximately half of all take place when a young person is held in “room confinement.”

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Yes. While juveniles are often placed into solitary for their own protection, the experience of confinement is particularly damaging to young people. A notes: “Youth offenders often spend significant amounts of their time in US prisons isolated from the general prison population. Such segregation can be an attempt to protect vulnerable youth offenders from the general population, to punish infractions of prison rules, or to manage particular categories of prisoners, such as alleged gang members. Youth offenders frequently described their experience in segregation as a profoundly difficult ordeal.”