Inmates in or entering U.S. jails and prisons are prone to health problems at far higher rates than the general population. It is a problem not just for them, but also for the communities from which they come and will most likely return to, write the authors of the recently published “Health and Incarceration.” This summary of a December 2012 workshop that brought together academics, practitioners, state officials, and nongovernmental organization representatives from the fields of healthcare, prisoner advocacy, and corrections, reviews what is known about these health issues and what appear to be the best opportunities to improve healthcare for those who are now or will be incarcerated.
The workshop was designed as a roundtable with brief presentations from 16 experts and time for group discussion. Health and Incarceration reviews what is known about the health of incarcerated individuals, the healthcare they receive, and effects of incarceration on public health. This report identifies opportunities to improve healthcare for these populations and provides a platform for visions of how the world of incarceration health can be a better place.