Chronic Disease Care for Corrections Involved Individuals

Forensic Social Work Justice/Action Forum

Incarcerated and formerly incarcerated individuals in the United States are disproportionately affected by chronic disease.  The sheer numbers of people who have ever been incarcerated in the US, and the rate of chronic disease among these individuals, make this a major social and public health problem.  Further, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the US Constitution contend that adequate healthcare for the incarcerated is a human and constitutional right.  But, because this problem lies at the intersection of two exceptionally politically charged issues; the mass incarceration of the American population and the ever increasing cost of health care in our nation; it is particularly difficult to address.  One intervention is offered below.

A Social and Public Health Problem: The United States incarcerates a larger percentage of the population, and spends more money on its health care, than any other nation in the world.  One in every 31 adults…

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