By Simone Weichselbaum, The Marshall Project
June 14, 2017
The relentless pressures of prison life on inmates mental health gang
violence, solitary confinement and arbitrary discipline, among them have
long been subjects for psychological and academic research. But the
cumulative impact on corrections officers, including an apparent high rate
of suicide, has rarely been studied in depth.
That is about to change. In California, one of the nations largest prison
systems housing about 130,000 people on a given day the union of active
and retired corrections officers is participating in an extensive study over
the next few years to assess the need for permanent mental health services
for the states roughly 26,000 officers.