250763 Surviving Prison The Person and the Community

Monday, October 31, 2011: 2:50 PM

Bonnie Kerness , Prison Watch Project, American Friends Service Committee, Newark, NJ
Release from prison has deep impacts on prisoners, their families, their direct community and the larger community which pays in many ways for disinterest in this population. With over 2.3 million people in prison, 95% of whom will come home, some more than once; this is relevant to how violations of human rights in prisons affect the community at large and how prisoner release can impact on public health issues. Forty years of experience in organizing with and counseling of prisoners informs this perspective on prison and community.

Learning Areas:
Advocacy for health and health education
Assessment of individual and community needs for health education
Ethics, professional and legal requirements
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Public health or related education
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
Explain how incarceration influences communities.

Keywords: Human Rights, Jails and Prisons

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Director AFSC Prison Watch
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.