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WSJ Op-Ed: Solitary Confinement Curbs Prison Gang Violence But Potential for Harmful Consequences Calls for Alternate Strategies

WSJ Op-Ed: Solitary Confinement Curbs Prison Gang Violence But Potential for Harmful Consequences Calls for Alternate Strategies

Four percent of inmates in U.S. state and federal prisons live in solitary confinement, “physically and socially isolated for 23 hours a day in a cell smaller than a parking space,” writes Meghan Mitchell, assistant professor of criminal justice at UCF, and David Pyrooz, assistant professor of sociology at University of Colorado Boulder, in an

27 UCF Graduate Programs Ranked Among the Top 100 in the Nation

27 UCF Graduate Programs Ranked Among the Top 100 in the Nation

Twenty-seven UCF programs were nationally ranked today in the top 100 of their fields by U.S. News & World Report, and 35 graduate programs total were included in the publication’s 2020 Best Graduate Schools edition. The list shows the university’s upward trajectory in the number of programs on the top 100 list; there were 18 programs ranked in

Interdisciplinary Call to Action Addresses Correctional Healthcare and the Community

Interdisciplinary Call to Action Addresses Correctional Healthcare and the Community

A recently published, interdisciplinary call to action offers insight into issues of correctional mental and physical health, its impact on all communities and actionable steps for the future. "One of my favorite phrases with my students is criminal justice is no longer just us. We have to bring everybody into this if we really believe

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