||Over the last four decades, the rate of incarceration in the United States has skyrocketed to unprecedented heights, both historically and in comparison to that of other developed nations. At far higher rates than the general population, those in or entering U.S. jails and prisons are prone to many health problems. This is a problem not just for them, but also for the communities from which they come and to which, in nearly all cases, they will return. |
On December 5, 2012, the National Research Council and the IOM held a workshop to discuss the challenges and opportunities for improving health and health care of incarcerated populations. Workshop participants reviewed what is known about the health of incarcerated individuals, the health care they receive, and the effects of incarceration on public health.