Incarceration and pandemic-related restrictions during COVID-19: An empathic understanding of two worlds

Psychol Trauma. 2020 Aug;12(S1):S233-S235. doi: 10.1037/tra0000842. Epub 2020 Jun 18.


This paper explores parallels between experiences of confinement due to pandemic-related restrictions and confinement as a result of legal incarceration. We compare experiences of social isolation, lack of choice, and reduced access to resources while also acknowledging the existence of significant differences between the two situations. We describe the ways in which experiences of confinement as part of COVID-19 regulations can provide the general public with insight into difficulties associated with incarceration and the negative effect it can have on psychological health. (PsycInfo Database Record (c) 2020 APA, all rights reserved).

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Behavioral Symptoms / etiology
  • Behavioral Symptoms / psychology*
  • COVID-19
  • Coronavirus Infections*
  • Empathy*
  • Humans
  • Infection Control*
  • Interpersonal Relations
  • Pandemics*
  • Pneumonia, Viral*
  • Prisoners / psychology*
  • Social Isolation*
  • Social Support