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Mental Health and Administrative Segregation

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Researchers from Colorado have a new report out which reports that inmates subjected to administrative segregation were not significantly harmed by administrative segregation housing.  Psychologist Karen Franklin has this critical commentary about the study.  Whatever the potential flaws the study may or may not have, it seems a bit odd that critics would deride a study because the researchers did not conduct personal interviews with the subjects.  Few studies do so and its curious how such interviews could be rigorously included in any analysis since qualitative measures are inherently subjective.  The ACLU has also posted its criticism and it too is odd:  Many psychiatric measures rely on self-report and those that do not instead rely on the judgment of the researchers.  These latter measures are often criticized because they incorporate the biased judgments of those conducting the research. 

Sometimes, you just can't win.   

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