Research Roundup: Incarceration can cause lasting damage to mental health

Thanks to the Prison Policy Institute for this article with links to all the supporting research.

We often think of incarceration as something people live through and from which they can ultimately be released. But the reality is that time spent in prisons and jails can create a host of collateral consequences that haunt individuals even after release. As the research shows, incarceration can trigger and worsen symptoms of mental illness — and those effects can last long after someone leaves the prison gates.