Assistant Professor Christopher St. Vil publishes chapter, "Black male mental health and prison"

Published May 1, 2020


Christopher St. Vil

Christopher St. Vil.

Congratulations to Assistant Professor Christopher St. Vil on the publication of his chapter, "Black male mental health and prison," in Black Males and the Criminal Justice System.

St. Vil, C. (2019). Black male mental health and prison.  In J.M. Williams & S. Kniffley (Eds.).  Black males and the criminal justice system (pp. 73-84).  New York:  Routledge.


Re-entry poses a challenge to the U.S. as whole in regard to how communities will begin to receive, support and absorb the survivors of the prison industrial complex returning to their communities. Traditional discussions around the mental health implications of prison/jail often debate the impact of the prison/jail experience on individual mental health outcomes and on the need for services to be available to prisoners both during and after incarceration. However, the discourse has very rarely discussed the macro impact of so many prisoners returning to their communities. The current chapter will explore the theory of coercive mobility and the dual purpose this concept plays in keeping communities safe while simultaneously making them more disorganized. It also presents a theoretical model that describes the intersectional effect of multiple stressors on the mental of Black males attempting to reintegrate into society after spending time in prison. Lastly, the current chapter discusses the implications of Black males reintegrating into society with mental health issues for the socialization experience of young Black males in their communities.