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Enhancing the Prison Environment

Edited by Kevin Wright, Stephanie Morse & Madison Sutton, Arizona State University

The editors of Health & Justice invite manuscripts on the topic "Enhancing the Prison Environment".

Prisons are being reimagined in terms of how to provide a supportive environment during confinement. Recent initiatives have focused on how to improve health and well-being within prison environments for the betterment of staff and those incarcerated. For instance, JUSTInnovate at UCSF is a program that facilitates cooperation between U.S. jail and prison systems and the Norwegian Correctional Service to transform correctional culture and advance prison reforms that emphasize humanity, dignity, and rehabilitation. Additionally, the Urban Institute, with funding from Arnold Ventures, has identified five states to participate in a strategy to transform prison culture. These initiatives are illustrative of recent efforts to enhance the prison environment, although they are not exhaustive.

This series of articles explores the transformative processes and findings from current efforts to positively alter the prison environment. Articles are welcome from a broad range of perspectives, including but not limited to: the process and methods used for cultural change, the vision for the prison environment, evaluation findings, and the experiences of correctional staff, administrators, and those incarcerated. 

To submit your article, please visit the Health & Justice submission system, here.

  1. Prison foodways offer a unique opportunity to improve the physical and mental health and wellbeing of an underserved population, yet prison food is often rejected in favour of ‘junk’ food. Improved understandi...

    Authors: Clair Woods-Brown, Kate Hunt and Helen Sweeting
    Citation: Health & Justice 2023 11:23
  2. Solitary confinement is a widespread practice in US correctional facilities. Long-standing concerns about the physical and mental health effects of solitary confinement have led to litigation, legislation, and...

    Authors: David H. Cloud, Dallas Augustine, Cyrus Ahalt, Craig Haney, Lisa Peterson, Colby Braun and Brie Williams
    Citation: Health & Justice 2021 9:28

    The Correction to this article has been published in Health & Justice 2021 9:29

  3. Over the past decade there have been numerous and impassioned calls to reform the practice of solitary confinement in U.S. prisons. This article examines the development, implementation, and processes of a res...

    Authors: Ryan M. Labrecque, Jennifer J. Tostlebe, Bert Useem and David C. Pyrooz
    Citation: Health & Justice 2021 9:23
  4. In light of mounting evidence of the physical and psychological harms associated with solitary confinement, many correctional systems, state legislators, courts, and even international human rights bodies are ...

    Authors: Dallas Augustine, Melissa Barragan, Kelsie Chesnut, Natalie A. Pifer, Keramet Reiter and Justin D. Strong
    Citation: Health & Justice 2021 9:21

    The Correction to this article has been published in Health & Justice 2021 9:24

  5. This study investigates the prisoner and prison-level factors associated with healthcare utilization (HCU) and the dynamic effects of previous HCU and health events. We analyze administrative data collected on...

    Authors: Jacques Spycher, Mark Dusheiko, Pascale Beaupère, Bruno Gravier and Karine Moschetti
    Citation: Health & Justice 2021 9:11
  6. Limited information is available describing advance care planning (ACP) within correctional facilities, despite its increasing relevance due to the ageing population in prisons and the high rates of complex me...

    Authors: Ashley Macleod, Divya Nair, Ekin Ilbahar, Marcus Sellars and Linda Nolte
    Citation: Health & Justice 2020 8:22