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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. 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

    Content type: Research Article

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  2. 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

    Content type: Short report

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