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Hello, my name is Veronica V Solaris. I am a doctoral student at Alliant International University. I am doing a study with individuals who were previously incarcerated and are now out of prison or jail. When I was twelve years old I felt incarceration during a long “awake” comatose state in a hospital. I have a need to better look at the effects of being separated from people. 


You have been contacted because you are a former incarcerated male between the ages of 18 and 85, were released from prison/jail less than nine months ago, were in prison/jail for at least five months and you understand and can read in English.

 I am asking you to consider participating in this important study.  Please know that it is completely your choice to participate or not participate. Your participation is strictly voluntary.  Also, even if you decide to participate please know that you can refuse to answer any question and stop at any time.  If you decide to participate, you will qualify to participate in a lottery for one of four $35.00 gift cards.


Please know that your participation in this study will be kept confidential, meaning that nobody will know that you took part in this study. Only my supervisor Dr. Testa and I will know that you participated.  Please also know that any data collected from you will be kept in a computer account that only I have access to and that all data collected from you will be destroyed by me after it has been analyzed, but no later than five years after you have signed an agreement to participate.

If you have questions about this study you may contact me via email at or my supervisor Dr. Testa via email at or by phone at (415) 505-0588.  If you do not have questions for my supervisor or myself and wish to participate in this study you will be asked to click on the link below to get started.  You will first be asked some questions to make sure that you are between the age of 18 and 85, are a former prisoner, was held in a cell for longer than five months, and was either in a general population cell/with a cell mate or in solitary confinement.  If you meet these requirements, you will be invited to read an agreement to participate and complete two questionnaires regarding your daily life and past experiences.

Thank you for your consideration in participating in this study.  If you decide to participate, please click below to begin answering the questions and to sign the Informed Consent.

Please complete this survey one week from receiving this email.


By clicking you agree to begin participating in this survey.