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If you haven't heard about Lorry Schoenly PhD and her excellent blog for correctional nursing, you are in for a real treat. I love to be current with what is happening in correctional health care. I can think of no better start to this blog than this post!
Ten Reasons Correctional Nursing May Not Be Right for You
Laura M. Maruschak, Bureau of Justice Statistics, Marcus Berzofsky, Dr.P.H., Jennifer Unangst, RTI International
February 5, 2015 NCJ 248491
Presents the prevalence of medical problems among state and federal prisoners and jail inmates, highlighting differences in rates of chronic conditions and infectious diseases by demographic characteristic. The report describes health care services and treatment received by prisoners and jail inmates with health problems, including doctor's visits, use of prescription medication, and other types of treatment. It also explains reasons why inmates with health problems were not receiving care and describes inmate satisfaction with health services received while incarcerated. Data were from the 2011–12 National Inmate Survey.
read the article on the BoJ webiste
The American prison system is unlike any other in the world. It’s sprawling, expensive and largely ineffective at reducing crime or rehabilitating offenders. But in recent years, politicians and citizens alike have grown weary of the “tough on crime” policies that inflated the nation’s inmate population and made the U.S. the world’s leading jailer. Now they’re calling for reform.
The report cites a large body of research from multiple disciplines — economics, sociology, psychology and criminology — that has found that for similar offenses, blacks and Hispanics face a higher likelihood of arrest and conviction than whites, as well as harsher penalties. And even though blacks and Hispanics are no more likely to be found in possession of illegal goods, they are more likely to be stopped and searched by police — which in turn increases arrest rates.
Researchers also found that black defendants are 24 percent more likely to be convicted if their trial has a jury chosen from an all-white pool of jurors and that prosecutors are 75 percent more likely to charge black defendants with offenses that carry mandatory minimums. And if convicted, black defendants regularly receive longer sentences than whites for similar crimes. These trends mean minorities are more likely than white defendants to have an existing criminal record when they are charged with a new crime, which increases severity of punishment.
WHITEHOUSE.GOV has removed this report, some of it captured here and here
2017-18 Budget News
SENATE BUDGET COMMITTEE HEARING
The Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee held a hearing this week on correctional spending and population trends, recent reforms, and benefits of prison rehabilitative programming. The agenda for the hearing – The State of Corrections: An Update on Recent Trends – and background materials prepared by committee staff are available here. At the outset of the hearing, Senator Jim Nielsen, the committee’s vice chair, raised concerns that the hearing did not feature the perspectives of police chiefs, sheriffs, district attorneys, or victims.