UMMS Affiliation

Commonwealth Medicine, Health and Criminal Justice Program; Graduate School of Nursing

Publication Date

2018-06-28

Document Type

Blog Post

Disciplines

Criminology and Criminal Justice | Health Economics | Health Law and Policy | Health Policy | Health Services Administration | Health Services Research

Abstract

Our nation’s correctional population is about 6.6 million including those individuals supervised by probation and/or parole agencies, according to the latest figures from the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics. Over two million of those are incarcerated and in the custody of a state or federal prison or local jail. It has been reported time and time again that inmates have greater health needs than those living in the community, including higher rates of Hepatitis C, HIV/AIDS, mental health issues and substance use disorder. There is still much we can improve upon in the way we deliver care to individuals in prisons and jails across the United States.

Keywords

correctional health, incarceration

Rights and Permissions

© 2018 University of Massachusetts Medical School

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Commonwealth Medicine Blog

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