Prisons and AIDS: A Public Health Challenge / Edition 1

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Overview

A Growing Health Crisis

'An illuminating discussion of the complex problems of HIV/AIDS within the correctional setting, including its impact on the families and communities of those incarcerated.—Mervyn F. Silverman, M.D., MPH, former director of health, San Francisco, former president, American Foundation for AIDS Research (AmFAR)

The first book to offer critical information on the proliferation of HIV and AIDS among prison populations, this is a much-needed resource for the design and implementation of education and prevention programs within correctional facilities.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
?Drs. Braithwaite, Hammett and Mayberry clearly paint the picture of what can happen in a society when it politicizes a major health issue and allows young people to perish for lack of knowledge. . . . We must decide if we want to build bigger, better incubators for crime, tuberculosis and HIV to release in society or if we want to develop healthy educated citizens with hope.? —M. Joycelyn Elders, M.D., former United States Surgeon General

• Required reading for elected officials, corrections administrators, policy makers and anyone interested in understanding that it is within our grasp to make major strides in our fight against the spread of HIV infection.? —Edward A. Harrison, president, National Commission of Correctional Health Care

'An illuminating discussion of the complex problems of HIV/AIDS within the correctional setting, including the impact on the families and communities of those incarcerated." —Mervyn F. Silverman, M.D. MPH, former director of health, San Francisco, former president, American Foundation for AIDS Research (AmFAR)

'The significance of the findings and the policy options, make this book fundamental reading for anyone interested in the implications for public health.? —Caswell A. Evans, Jr. DDS, MPH, immediate-past president, American Public Health Association

"There is a great deal of useful information in this book that should be understood by all of those in criminal justice and correctional rehabilitation. A recommended book for all medical and academic libraries as well as state correctional institutions." ——??

"This timely, well-written, comprehensively documented, and compellingly argued book provides the template for action." —Nancy Neveloff Dubler, LL.B., Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY, New England Journal of Medicine

Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Javier Flores II, BS (University of Illinois at Chicago)
Description: This book offers a perceptive view of the propagation of HIV/AIDS among the prison populations and provides a distinctive source for the development and implementation of culturally sensitive educational and preventive programs.
Purpose: According to the author, the purposes are to stimulate discussion on strategies and models for the prevention of HIV/AIDS, to report the nature and extent of HIV/AIDS, and to recognize areas for future research and development on HIV/AIDS in a prison setting, as well as to present intervention strategies from a public health view and to gain knowledge on policy issues that should be considered by correctional administrators and public policymakers. These are worthy objectives because we need to know the extent of, and the method to prevent the proliferation of, this disease in prison; both are carefully addressed and outlined in a convenient fashion throughout the book.
Audience: The book is written for policymakers, researchers, educators, health and human service providers, and administrators of correctional institutions and community-based organizations. Its authors are credible authorities on the subject matter; Dr. Braithwaite has done evaluation and development of HIV/AIDS programs; Dr. Hammett has a myriad of published articles on HIV/AIDS; and Dr. Mayberry has worked on the evaluation of preventive programs for minorities.
Features: The illustrations in this book are sharp, defined, and profound. The currency and pertinence of the references are commendable; highly recognized journals, books, and publications are used. The index is beneficial; it categorizes the subjects accordingly. In addition, this book provides a guide to education, prevention, resources and programs.
Assessment: This book is an excellent resource. It delineates the necessary steps to develop and implement educational and preventive programs that are culturally sensitive. It provides the necessary criteria for allowing one to make educated decisions regarding this public health concern. This book is highly recommended for libraries and individuals who are in the field of HIV/AIDS and are developing, implementing, or evaluating a prevention program.
Javier Flores II
This book offers a perceptive view of the propagation of HIV/AIDS among the prison populations and provides a distinctive source for the development and implementation of culturally sensitive educational and preventive programs. According to the author, the purposes are to stimulate discussion on strategies and models for the prevention of HIV/AIDS, to report the nature and extent of HIV/AIDS, and to recognize areas for future research and development on HIV/AIDS in a prison setting, as well as to present intervention strategies from a public health view and to gain knowledge on policy issues that should be considered by correctional administrators and public policymakers. These are worthy objectives because we need to know the extent of, and the method to prevent the proliferation of, this disease in prison; both are carefully addressed and outlined in a convenient fashion throughout the book. The book is written for policymakers, researchers, educators, health and human service providers, and administrators of correctional institutions and community-based organizations. Its authors are credible authorities on the subject matter; Dr. Braithwaite has done evaluation and development of HIV/AIDS programs; Dr. Hammett has a myriad of published articles on HIV/AIDS; and Dr. Mayberry has worked on the evaluation of preventive programs for minorities. The illustrations in this book are sharp, defined, and profound. The currency and pertinence of the references are commendable; highly recognized journals, books, and publications are used. The index is beneficial; it categorizes the subjects accordingly. In addition, this book provides a guide to education, prevention, resources andprograms. This book is an excellent resource. It delineates the necessary steps to develop and implement educational and preventive programs that are culturally sensitive. It provides the necessary criteria for allowing one to make educated decisions regarding this public health concern. This book is highly recommended for libraries and individuals who are in the field of HIV/AIDS and are developing, implementing, or evaluating a prevention program.
Booknews
Braithwaite and two co-authors (all involved in public policy and health education) document the nature and scope of the HIV/AIDS pandemic among social offenders and offer strategies for preventing the disease within the prison population. They discuss relevant policy issues and identify areas needing further research and development. Intended for the wide range of professionals concerned with health services to prisoners. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

4 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787903084
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 9/20/1996
  • Series: Jossey-Bass Health Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 247
  • Product dimensions: 0.69 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 9.21 (d)

Meet the Author

RONALD L. BRAITHWAITE Ph.D., is an associate professor at the Rollins School of Public Health of Emory University and adjunct associate professor in the Department of Community Health and Preventive Medicine at Morehouse School of Medicine where he formerly directed a Health Promotion Resource Center. He is the co-editor of Health Issues in the Black Community (1992, Jossey-Bass). THEODORE M. HAMMETT Ph.D., is a vice president at Abt Associates Inc, a policy research firm. His work has focused on public health, corrections, and criminal justice. ROBERT M. MAYBERRY M.P.H., Ph.D., is the director of the Morehouse Medical Treatment Effectiveness Center and associate clinical professor, Department of Community Health and Preventive Medicine at the Morehouse School of Medicine.

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Table of Contents

Foreword,
1. Inmates, HIV, and AIDS: An Overview
2. AIDS and Ethnic Minority Inmates
3. An Analysis of Current Educational and Prevention Efforts
4. Prevention and Juvenile OffAnders
5. Policy Response to a Public Health Opportunity
6. A Report from the Frontline: Four Case Studies
7. Prison Personnel: Gatekeepers to Education and Prevention
8. Legal and Legislative Issues
9. Worldwide Policies and Practices
10. The Public Health Challenge
Afterword

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2006

    a great read

    this book was good but a tad on the liberal side. some of the ideas surrounding treatment of inmates were absurd to me.

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