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Thomas DiPrete

Co-Director, Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy
Giddings Professor of Sociology

Gregory Eirich

Director, Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences

Elena Krumova

Assistant Director, Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences

Gregory Eirich

Lecturer in the Discipline of Sociology and Director, QMSS

Jennifer Lee

Julian Clarence Levi Professor of Social Sciences

Jessica T. Simes

Adjunct Associate Research Scholar

Collaborative Research: Pennsylvania Solitary Confinement Study

The U.S. penal population is the largest in the world, but imprisonment in America is also distinguished by its extensive use of solitary confinement, defined as incarceration in a cell for 23 hours each day with limited access to visits from outsiders or rehabilitative programs. Solitary confinement is an important but understudied part of the experience of punishment in the United States. The scant available evidence suggests solitary confinement is associated with poor health and adjustment to society after incarceration.

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