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The Case for Improving the Health of Ex-Prisoners.

TitleThe Case for Improving the Health of Ex-Prisoners.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsKinner, Stuart A., and Emily A. Wang
JournalAmerican journal of public health
Date Published2014 Jun 12
AbstractThe global prison population exceeds 10 million and continues to grow; more than 30 million people are released from custody annually. These individuals are disproportionately poor, disenfranchised, and chronically ill. There are compelling, evidence-based arguments for improving health outcomes for ex-prisoners on human rights, public health, criminal justice, and economic grounds. These arguments stand in stark contrast to current policy and practice in most settings. There is also a dearth of evidence to guide clinicians and policymakers on how best to care for this large and growing population during and after their transition from custody to community. Well-designed longitudinal studies, clinical trials, and burden of disease studies are pivotal to closing this evidence gap. (Am J Public Health. Published online ahead of print June 12, 2014: e1-e4. doi:10.2105/AJPH.2014.301883).
Alternate JournalAm J Public Health

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