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Adverse Effects of US Jail and Prison Policies on the Health and Well-Being of Women of Color

Freudenberg, Nicholas (2002) Adverse Effects of US Jail and Prison Policies on the Health and Well-Being of Women of Color. American Journal of Public Health, 92 (12). pp. 1895-1899. ISSN 0090-0036

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In the past few decades, US policies have led to an unprecedented increase in the number of people behind bars. While more men than women are incarcerated, the rate of increase for women has been higher. Evidence of the negative impact of incarceration on the health of women of color suggests strategies to reduce these adverse effects. Correctional policies contribute to disparities in health between White women and women of color, providing a public health rationale for policy change. Specific roles for health professionals include becoming involved in alliances addressing alternatives to incarceration, creating programs that address the needs of women in correctional facilities, and identifying the pathways by which correctional policies damage health.

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Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This article is available at the publisher’s Web site. Access to the full text is subject to the publisher’s access restrictions.
Uncontrolled Keywords: incarcerated; women of color; disparities in health; correctional policies
Subjects: Health > Disparities
Health > Policy
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Date Deposited: 02 Oct 2008
Last Modified: 05 Jul 2011 10:42
Link to this item (URI): http://health-equity.lib.umd.edu/id/eprint/1013

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