Andrea Finlay, VA Palo Alto Health Care System, USA
Ingrid Binswanger, Kaiser Permanente, USA
Christine Timko, VA Palo Alto Health Care System, USA
People with criminal justice involvement – including people in jails or prisons, on diversion, at the time of arrest, or in community corrections – have a high prevalence of substance use disorders and may be at risk for poor health outcomes. During the transition from criminal justice contexts to the community, many individuals experience fragmented care which can interrupt treatment for addiction and other chronic health conditions. People with untreated substance use disorders may struggle to maintain housing, employment, and family relationships, which may further negatively impact their access to health care.
Despite research and programming dedicated to supporting criminal justice populations, important knowledge gaps remain. The editors hope that this thematic series in Addiction Science & Clinical Practice advances understanding of how to improve health outcomes among criminal justice populations who have substance use disorders or use substances in the U.S. and international settings.
Articles have undergone the journal’s standard peer-review process. The Guest Editors declare no competing interests.