3321.0 Prisons: Community health promotion or harm?

Monday, October 31, 2011: 2:30 PM
Prisons are integral parts of our communities, especially communities of color and of poverty. 95% of prisoners are released back into society often less able to function effectively. Perspectives from the US will look at the effect of prisons in this era of mass incarceration and warehouse prisons. The challenges faced in Europe are similar to those in the US but are noteworthy for their increased complexity given the growing integration of public health and prison health services. Recent human rights issues about the adequacy of community standards for the EU incarcerated population and the obligations for mental health protection and promotion will be addressed. The application of human rights doctrine to the imprisoned population in Europe provides an interesting counterpoint to the civil rights codes used to frame US penal institutions.
Session Objectives: Describe the effects of prisons on community. Explain how humnan rights impacts prison health care. Explain why community standards may not be adequate for people in prison.

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Organized by: APHA-International Human Rights Committee
Endorsed by: Socialist Caucus

CE Credits: Medical (CME), Health Education (CHES), Nursing (CNE), Public Health (CPH)