273294 Justice involved women: Implications of physical and behavioral health issues

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 : 8:50 AM - 9:10 AM

Maureen Buell, MSA , National Institute of Corrections, Department of Justice/Bureau of Prisons, Washington, DC
The number of women arrested is rising while arrest rates for men have declined in the past decade. Justice involved women bring with them significant physical and behavioral health challenges. The reasons for high rates of justice involvement are myriad but include histories of substance abuse, trauma, poverty, homelessness, exposure to ongoing violence as well as legislative and sentencing practices. The health issues are then exacerbated by a lack of understanding of the chronic and high risk health conditions, as well as the capacity to treat this population. This presentation will discuss physical/behavioral health of justice involved women as a public health issue and the importance of collaborations between health and justice systems.

Learning Areas:
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Other professions or practice related to public health
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Social and behavioral sciences

Learning Objectives:
Identify significant behavioral/physical health conditions experienced by Justice Involved Women Evaluate the significance of the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) study Justice Involved Women Describe the public health implications of working with justice involved women

Keywords: Criminal Justice, Women

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I manage evidence-based, gender informed initiatives for the National Institute of Corrections related to justice-involved women struggling with behavioral and physical health issues.
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.