On June 21, the RAND Corporation will be presenting on the topic of “Prisoner Reentry and Public Health: Is Your State Ready?”.
About the Program
From California to New York, Texas to Michigan, a record number of convicted criminals, roughly 700,000 each year, are reentering the general population. Is your district or state prepared for prisoner reentry?
Research has found that the prison population is disproportionately sicker, on average, than the U.S. population in general, with substantially higher burdens of infectious diseases (such as HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and hepatitis B and C) and serious mental illness. When prisoners are released and return to communities, an often-overlooked concern is the health care needs that former prisoners have and the role that health care plays in how successfully they reintegrate. To a large extent, the reentry population will eventually become part of the uninsured and medically indigent populations in communities across the nation, leading to important considerations for government prisoner reentry and healthcare programs.
This briefing focuses on
- how health affects reentry into a community;
- the critical roles that health care providers, other social services, and family members play in successful reentry;
- recommendations for improving access to care for this population in the current fiscal environment.
To attend the congressional briefing
To obtain the featured publication – Understanding the Public Health Implications of Prisoner Reentry in California: State-of-the-State Report
For additional information from NIC on mental health and health services in corrections
Mon, Jun 11 2012 10:53 AM