Using Research to Improve Health and Health Care in US Correctional Facilities

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Using Research to Improve Health and Health Care in US Correctional Facilities

January 19, 2021

Abstract

To implement policies and practices that foster positive health outcomes and fulfill the US government’s constitutional obligation to provide adequate health care to people who are incarcerated, researchers and practitioners must understand their health needs and the nature and quality of the care they receive. This brief provides an overview of what is known about health and health care in correctional settings and what must be investigated to improve treatment and health outcomes in correctional settings. This brief is part of a forthcoming research agenda for the Prison Research and Innovation Initiative—a five-year effort to leverage research and evidence to shine a much-needed light on prison conditions and pilot strategies to promote the well-being of people who live and work behind bars.

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