Just a few weeks in prison can impair a person’s mind

(Credit: AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Going to prison is bad for your health. Prison reformers have known for years that incarceration can lead to depression and suicide. A number of physical problems are related to overcrowding and inadequate health care, not to mention the enduring financial consequences and trauma of social ostracization following a prisoner’s release.

Now there’s further proof that in many cases, our so-called correctional facilities actually make lives worse in a much...

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