Health Issues among Incarcerated Women

Health Issues among Incarcerated Women

by Ronald L. Braithwaite
     
 

ISBN-10: 081353691X

ISBN-13: 9780813536910

Pub. Date: 08/15/2006

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

The female inmate population in the United States has exploded in the past two decades, increasing nearly six-fold. The prison system, however, has not expanded its health care to provide for this growing population of women. This comprehensive reader addresses the physical and mental needs of women prisoners and suggests that they cannot be properly treated unless

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Overview

The female inmate population in the United States has exploded in the past two decades, increasing nearly six-fold. The prison system, however, has not expanded its health care to provide for this growing population of women. This comprehensive reader addresses the physical and mental needs of women prisoners and suggests that they cannot be properly treated unless their lifestyles before, during, and after incarceration are considered. The book abounds with statistics that outline the unique needs of the female prison population. For instance, a significant proportion of female prisoners suffer physical and sexual violence before serving time. Incarcerated teenagers are more likely than others from their age group to have engaged in behaviors that increased their risk for contracting sexually transmitted diseases like HIV. Because African American women are more likely than their counterparts to face jail time, their needs warrant specific attention. Female inmates also face more common sexual and reproductive health concerns as well as many of the same chronic and infectious diseases as men, such as cardiovascular disease, hypertension, and hepatitis. Bringing together twenty original essays, this volume will be invaluable for lobbyists and policy makers as well as for graduate students in the fields of criminal justice and health care.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813536910
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Publication date:
08/15/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
376
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

1An overview of incarcerated women's health3
2Understanding how race, class, and gender impact the health of incarcerated women18
3Voices of incarcerated and formerly incarcerated women32
4Criminalizing the victim : interpersonal violence in the lives of incarcerated women47
5Sugar and spice : understanding the health of incarcerated girls67
6Mood disorders in incarcerated women91
7Anxiety disorders and major thought disorders112
8Substance use disorders124
9Sexual risk behavior and alcohol and other drug use among female adolescent detainees : implications for intervention140
10Carrying in the criminal justice system : prenatal care of incarcerated women165
11Reproductive health among incarcerated women181
12Tuberculosis : no longer the "white plague"193
13Hepatitis C virus infection among incarcerated women221
14HIV/AIDS infection among incarcerated woman237
15Adherence to antiretroviral therapy in HIV-infected incarcerated women248
16Cardiovascular disease261
17Asthma276
18Understanding the parenting rights of incarcerated women299
19Discharge planning for incarcerated women : linking identified needs with community support310
20Illness among women in prison and compassionate release319

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