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Pushing public health to the margins: Critical approaches to aggressive policing, aging in prison, and gender-based criminalization
Monday, November 17, 2014: 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
A decade of innovative public health research and advocacy have achieved the impossible. There is now widespread understanding of the critical role that mass incarceration plays in shaping the health of entire communities, and states like New York have also been able to use evidence-based science to develop novel approaches to drug policy. Prisons are not only bad for the health of drug users; prisons are bad for the health of our society as a whole.
In this this session, panelists are “Pushing Public Health to the Margins” to advance new models for addressing controversial criminal justice topics. Participants will explore how methods of public health, urban planning and participatory educational practices support families and communities in challenging widespread fragmentation due to aggressive policing and incapacitation; shine a light on aging people in New York State’s prisons, particularly those who are ineligible for parole because of violent convictions, to re-conceptualize tropes of “risk” and “community safety;” use the histories of 19th century moral reforms to analyze the translation of drug criminalization policies into sex work criminalization policies, and the implications of applying a disease model to “cure” prostitution; and draw on longitudinal data to explore how centering the unique vulnerabilities of lesbians and trans* women of color in the criminal justice system changes our understanding of the health politics of mass incarceration.
Session Objectives: Explain how dominant narrative frames of “nonviolent versus violent offenders,” “community safety,” and “risk” interact with social constructions of race, gender, sexuality, and class;
Assess the implications, tradeoffs and/or unintended consequences of focusing policy interventions on “nonviolent offenders”;
Discuss concrete examples of public health approaches that center on promoting the health of groups who will remain in prison, or who are most vulnerable to criminalization
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Organized by: Medical Care Section
Medical (CME), Health Education (CHES), Nursing (CNE), Public Health (CPH)
Masters Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES)