Prisons and AIDS: A Public Health Challenge / Edition 1

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Overview

The first book of its kind, Prisons and AIDS provides an important model for the design and implementation of HIV and AIDS education and prevention programs in correctional institutions. Through case studies and survey research from a variety of facilities, it reveals critical information about the proliferation of HIV and AIDS in the prison population, covering such topics as frequency of sexual contact, the use of condoms, amount of sexual activity among inmates, drug use, needle sharing, and tattooing behaviors.Written by experts in the field—including lead author Ronald L. Braithwaite, one of the foremost authorities on public health—this book is sensitive to disproportionate ethnic minority representation in the prison population—and offers strategies for developing culturally sensitive programs. The authors also present research which documents the patterns of HIV and AIDS cases among adult juvenile inmates, and explore relevant policies and programs—including education and prevention, testing and disclosure, parental notification, and housing.This resource is grounded in research and information from the National Institute of Justice and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Editorial Reviews

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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

List of Tables
Foreword
Preface
The Authors
1 Inmates, HIV, and AIDS: An Overview 1
2 AIDS and Ethnic Minority Inmates 17
3 An Analysis of Current Educational and Prevention Efforts 31
4 Prevention and Juvenile Offenders 51
5 Policy Response to a Public Health Opportunity 61
6 A Report from the Frontline: Four Case Studies 112
7 Prison Personnel: Gatekeepers to Education and Prevention 135
8 Legal and Legislative Issues 151
9 Worldwide Policies and Practices 172
10 The Public Health Challenge 182
Afterword 191
A Guide to Education and Prevention Resources 195
References 215
Index 231
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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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