HARLEM STATE OFFICE | POST TRAUMATIC PRISON DISORDER



THE BILL
Post Traumatic Prison Disorder Shawanna W76337 is a bill Created by Silent Cry Founder Shawanna Vaughn, to amend the correction law, to address Post Traumatic Prison Disorder lowering and preventing future incarceration, reoffending and relapsing for high risk populations.

THE ISSUE
Research shows evidence that incarceration has negative psychological effects on people in prison. These include: A dependence on institutional structure and contingencies. Hypervigilance, interpersonal distrust, and suspicion. Emotional over-control, alienation, and psychological distancing. Social withdrawal and isolation. Incorporation of exploitative norms of prison culture. Diminished sense of self-worth and personal value. And post-traumatic stress reactions to the pains of imprisonment (Haney, 2001). The deprived social environment of prison can potentially impede one’s social capacity to navigate various social obligations post-incarceration.

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