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U.S. Drug Czar Addresses 2,500 Drug Court Professionals, Voices Strong Support for Expanding Drug Courts Throughout the Nation

...esearch and results we can now say that Drug Courts are the most successful justice intervention in our nation's history. Drug Courts work better than jails or prisons, better than probation and better than treatment alone. They are restoring lives, reuniting families and protecting public safety in commun...

National Partnership to Meet, Evaluate Addiction Treatment as Component of New Justice Programs

... correctional supervision. "Alcohol-involved offenders are literally paralyzing the criminal justice system, clogging court dockets, caseloads and our jails and prisons. We can no longer afford to simply debate the issue," says Talpins. About NPAMC The National Partnership on Alcohol Misuse an...

New Study Documents High Prevalence of Serious Mental Illnesses Among Nation's Jail Populations

...cilities. Using screening instruments to identify individuals entering jails with the most serious mental illnesses and the greatest need for comprehens... communities, wasteful government spending, and the shameful warehousing in jails and prisons of some of the most vulnerable and neglected members of our com...

Filling the gap: The importance of Medicaid continuity for former inmates

.... Although Medicaid has prohibited the use of federal funds to cover medical, mental health or substance use treatment costs incurred by inmates in jails and prisons, Rich says that Medicaid law does not require that states terminate recipients' enrollment while incarcerated. Unfortunately, federal rule...

Prison punishes more people than just the inmates

...e sector." One out of every 100 adults in the United States is incarcerated and more than three times as many African Americans and Latinos live in jails or prisons than college dorms, Kruger says. This particular study looked only at African Americans, not Latinos, because there is not a large populati...

Study Links Reduced Use of Mental Health Facilities, Nursing Homes and Other Public Services to "Smart Investments" in Supportive Housing

...ntal health hospitals, substance use treatment, prisons, and various county jails and hospitals. The study notes a dramatic shift in the use of state s...using time period with a 100 percent cost savings of over $215,000. County jails saw an 86 percent decrease in overnight stays post-supportive housing. ...

Many in U.S. Prisons Lack Good Health Care

...tics surveys: the 2002 Survey of Inmates in Local jails and the 2004 Survey of Inmates in State and Fede...red to non-incarcerated citizens, inmates in state jails were 31 percent more likely to have asthma, 55 per...ate facilities, and 45.5 percent of those in local jails were not taking their medication at the time of ...

Despite national guidelines, private insurers, ER, federal and state agencies fail to routinely test for HIV

...it presenters described successes across a number of health care settings and jurisdictions. A voluntary rapid HIV testing program in New York City jails increased testing from 6,500 to 25,000 inmates between 2004 and 2006. About 30 percent of men and 23 percent of the women who tested positive were pre...

U.S. Lags on HIV Testing Goals

... Despite legislative, medical and social barriers, there have been some successes. They include a voluntary rapid HIV testing program in New York City jails that increased testing from 6,500 to 25,000 inmates between 2004 and 2006. And a Chicago hospital added two health educators to its emergency room, of...

Bulging prison system called massive intervention in American family life

...ve. The number of black men living in rural, or non-metropolitan, areas increases dramatically when the inmate population is included because many jails and prisons are located in rural locations. Rates of childlessness are higher for both black and white inmates than the general population. Sixty...
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Veto of California's Condoms in Prisons Bill: "Politics Over Public Health," Says AHF

...to inmates in state prisons, where HIV prevalence is 8 to 10 times greater than in the general population. "Existing condom distribution programs in jails in New York, Philadelphia, Washington, DC, San Francisco and Los Angeles already demonstrate that this California law could have worked without threat...
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