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Abbey Logan


The topic of solitary confinement has been controversial in the United States for decades. Policies regarding juveniles in solitary confinement have been especially contentious in recent years. In this essay, I define solitary confinement and provide a brief overview of its history, discuss the current state of affairs and legal issues, evaluate a case in which solitary confinement played a key role, discuss the federal policy which ended solitary confinement for juveniles, and analyze the quality and effectiveness of the case and policy. I then suggest how to move forward from this detrimental practice.

Note on the Author

Abbey Logan is a graduating senior majoring in Psychology and minoring in Criminal Justice. She is a member of the Honors Program at BSU. Her research was conducted during the fall of 2020 under the instruction of Dr. Jennifer Hartsfield (Criminal Justice). Abbey submitted this paper at the end of the Fall 2020 semester as her final paper for the course, Mental Health in the Criminal Justice System. Abbey plans to pursue a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology here at BSU within the next couple of years and ultimately have a career in the field of Psychology working with children.

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