211299 Police and Health: Exploring the Research Agenda**

Tuesday, November 10, 2009: 3:45 PM

Scott Burris, JD, LLD , Beasley School of Law, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
Abtract: Considerable evidence supports the view that criminal laws and law enforcement practices can shape individual and community health. People engaged in illegal activities -- drug users, sex workers -- are particularly vulnerable, but policies and practices of police, prosecutors, judges and jail/prison managers can all also influence the health of people who are personally not involved in the criminal justice system. Spouse, partners and children can all be harmed, or assisted, depending upon how criminal laws are enforced and the extent to which health considerations enforce the practices of law enforcement agents. This presentation explores the evidence base and, in particular, the difficult question of how to study and intervene from a public health standpoint in the criminal justice system.

Learning Objectives:
Learning objectives: 1) To recognize the evidence that criminal laws and law enforcement practices can influence health; to identify key populations at risk; to identify the research and intervention challenges involved in addressing these health effects.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: The discussant has extensive experience in research the topic of criminal justice and public health. He is nationally and internationally recognized across both fields.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.