All Articles: Health and Wellness

Inadequate medical treatment for female inmates

By Rahsaan Thomas Medical treatment is inadequate for incarcerated women in California jails, the American Civil Liberties Union of California reports. Jails also fail to provide adequate protection against rape, especially for transgender people, the report added. Among the problems the January 2016 report lists are: Women forced to submit to guard-administered pregnancy tests. Abortions […]

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PPI advocates for inmates’ well-being

By Marcus Henderson When it comes to jail and prison procedures, the Prison Policy Initiative (PPI), an advocacy organization in Northampton, MA, has led the way in fighting for real changes in policies that affect the well-being of inmates. In its 2015-16 annual report, PPI celebrated successes. The organization led a campaign for legislation that […]

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SQ inmates surveyed about Trump’s election

In a sample survey taken from San Quentin inmates, more than half think a Donald Trump presidency has the potential to make America worse, while about 20 percent think things would be better under a Trump presidency. About a third of the respondents said that a Trump presidency poses a direct threat to their future. […]

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Delivering a message of hope for thousands with HIV

By Emile DeWeaver One of the country’s major problems is that 161,000 people in the United States have HIV but don’t know it, Andrew Reynolds told a gathering at San Quentin’s World AIDS Day on Dec. 1 An expert in HIV prevention, Reynolds brought a message of hope: Although there are 50,000 new infections a […]

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Dealing with opioid deaths in prison

By David Eugene Archer Sr. The Obama administration met with correctional officials in July to address the spike in overdose deaths in the nation’s jails and prisons due to opioid narcotics, reported Christopher Moraff. At this White House summit on July 17, Michael Botticelli, Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, […]

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Antipsychotic Drugs Used on Juveniles In Pennsylvania

Youthful offenders in the Pennsylvania juvenile justice system are being managed by use of powerful antipsychotic medications, an independent news group reports. The kids spend months in mostly private-run correctional facilities receiving mood-altering psychiatric medications “at strikingly high rates, particularly antipsychotic drugs that expose them to significant health risks,” wrote Halle Stockton of PublicSource. The […]

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Jails’ and Prisons’ Poor Healthcare Burdens Communities

By David Eugene Archer Sr. Poor medical care in jails and prisons is contributing to poor health in some communities, the Vera Institute of Justice reports. “The burden of disease behind bars is unacceptably high and largely invisible to the health system, and the negative impacts of incarceration on the health of communities is a […]

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Prisoners’ Hep C Treatment Is Effective But More Costly

Treatment for Hepatitis C in California prisons is now more effective but much more costly, according to a report. About 17,000 prisoners in California have tested positive for Hepatitis C though health officials suggest the actual number is probably much higher, according to George Lavender for MarketPlace. “… It’s a question of spending now versus […]

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Officials Failed to Act on Substandard Prison Healthcare

By Rahsaan Thomas Despite years of warnings that private prisons gave substandard medical care, federal officials failed to act, according to an investigative report in The Nation. The warnings included monitoring reports, riots, a prison guard’s murder and unnecessary deportees’ deaths, reported journalist Seth Freed Wessler. He reviewed 20,000 pages of previously unreleased documents about […]

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Jail Healthcare Causes Needless Deaths

By David Eugene Archer Sr. Journalism Guild Writer Needless deaths have happened in jails because of a broken healthcare system, according to a CBS News investigation. One of the nation’s largest healthcare providers for county jails, Advanced Correctional Healthcare (ACH), is fighting multiple lawsuits. The company serves 255 correctional facilities in 17 states, said Jeff […]

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