Prison Health Care Data Indicate “Alarming” Lack Of Care: Expert


The 2.3 million Americans being held in correctional facilities suffer a much higher rate of serious and chronic illness than does the general population does, says a study due for the April issue of the American Journal of Public Health, says U.S. News & World Report. Craig Blakely, professor of health policy and management at the Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Rural Public Health, said “the findings suggest that health and mental health problems are linked to higher rates of arrest and incarceration.”

Blakely added, “There’s some alarming data that suggests that those [inmates] with chronic conditions don’t get the care they need when incarcerated and that’s Eighth-Amendment illegal.” The study is based on responses to two U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics surveys: the 2002 Survey of Inmates in Local Jails and the 2004 Survey of Inmates in State and Federal Correctional Facilities.


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