165141 Lessons From a Public Health Approach to Imprisonment Rate: Five Groups of Nations

Tuesday, November 6, 2007: 2:50 PM

Alex Gatherer, MD , WHO Health in Prison Project, Warrington, United Kingdom
A simple analysis of imprisonment rates in most countries of the world shows that the use of prisons is not linked to the incidence of crime nor does it seem to reduce crime. Countries can be divided into five groups, ranging from those who aim to use imprisonment only as a last resort to those such as the USA who like imprisonment. Some lessons to be drawn will be indicated. A plea will be made for a health-led rethinking of the place of prisons in societies, for 'unhooking ourselves from our punitive obsession'

Learning Objectives:
1. How various nations use prisons. 2. The effect of incarceration rates on crime. 3. What are the limits of punishment for a society.

Keywords: Prison, Public Health

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