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Parole violations, not new crimes, help drive prison's revolving door
Failing a drug test, associating with felons and other technical parole violations are among the key drivers of prison's 'revolving door,' according to new UC Berkeley research. (2017-10-04)

Study provides first estimate of total US population with felony convictions
New research led by a University of Georgia sociologist on the growth in the scope and scale of felony convictions finds that, as of 2010, 3 percent of the total US population and 15 percent of the African-American male population have served time in prison. People with felony convictions more broadly account for 8 percent of the overall population and 33 percent of the African-American male population. (2017-09-28)

People with schizophrenia left out of longevity revolution
A team of researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine and Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System have analyzed all eight published longitudinal studies of mortality in schizophrenia that met their strict research criteria and found that the mean standardized mortality ratio -- a measure of the mortality rate in schizophrenia -- has increased 37 percent from pre-1970s studies to post-1970s studies. (2017-09-15)

Immigrant detention centers referred to as family centers, but resemble prisons
University of Kansas researchers in interviews with attorneys found immigrant detention complexes function like jails and prisons. (2017-08-15)

People with mental illness reoffend less if on specialty probation
Each year, some 2 million people with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and other mental illnesses are arrested for various crimes, inadvertently turning the US correctional system into the nation's primary provider of inpatient psychiatric care. But an eight-year study led by the University of California, Berkeley, offers a solution. (2017-08-09)

New research shows indigenous peoples are much more likely to be infected by hepatitis B and/or C
A new meta-analysis of global hepatitis data -- presented at this year's World Indigenous Peoples' Conference on Viral Hepatitis in Anchorage, Alaska, USA -- shows that indigenous peoples are up to 10 times more likely to be infected by viral hepatitis than the general population in their respective countries. (2017-08-08)

Women have more active brains than men
In the largest functional brain imaging study to date, the Amen Clinics (Newport Beach, CA) compared 46,034 brain SPECT (single photon emission computed tomography) imaging studies provided by nine clinics, quantifying differences between the brains of men and women. The study is published in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease. (2017-08-07)

Research lacking when it comes to heart disease in prison populations
A multi-institution team found multiple areas of research that can be explored in both the incarcerated and released population -- which number more than 13 million Americans -- to better understand and prevent cardiovascular disease. (2017-07-25)

Fearing surveillance, dads with a record avoid kids' schools
A Cornell University sociologist and former elementary school teacher recently identified a mechanism that may explain why these kids whose parents have spent time behind bars, have worse educational outcomes -- and strong, lasting, negative consequences that often span generations. (2017-07-24)

At the cellular level, a child's loss of a father is associated with increased stress
The absence of a father -- due to incarceration, death, separation or divorce -- has adverse physical and behavioral consequences for a growing child. But little is known about the biological processes that underlie this link between father loss and child well-being. In a study published July 18 in the journal Pediatrics, a team of researchers, including those from Princeton University, report that the loss of a father has a significant adverse effect on telomeres, the protective nucleoprotein end caps of chromosomes. (2017-07-18)

Hospitals that spend more initially yield better outcomes
Hospitals that spend more on initial care following patient emergencies have better outcomes than hospitals that spend less at first and rely more on additional forms of long-term care, according to a new study co-authored by MIT economists. (2017-07-10)

Decrease in lead exposure in early childhood significantly responsible for drop in crime rate
Kids exposed to lead as young children are more likely to be suspended or incarcerated during their school years. (2017-06-28)

Boyhood violence victims are more likely to commit similar acts on intimate partners
According to new research, 60 percent of college-aged men reported being both victims and perpetrators of violence with an intimate partner in the year before their participation in the study. (2017-06-20)

Heroin's use rising, costing society more than $51 billion
Heroin use in the United States was estimated to cost society more than $51 billion in 2015, according to new research at the University of Illinois at Chicago. (2017-06-08)

New survey reveals effects of incarceration for older Americans' work and retirement plans
Americans age 50 and older who report that they have been incarcerated at some point in their lives are more likely to express anxiety about several aspects of retirement, to have experienced unemployment in the recent past, and to have fewer sources of income for retirement than those who have not, according to a new national survey of Americans age 50 and older from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. (2017-05-04)

RTI finds TROSA, an innovative substance abuse treatment program, saves NC $7.5 million annually
TROSA, a therapeutic community providing substance abuse treatment and job training, saves North Carolina $7.5 million every year, according to an independent study conducted by RTI International. (2017-05-04)

Study examines factors of inmate relationships during incarceration and STI/HIV prevention
The study, 'The Committed Inmate Relationships During Incarceration and STI/HIV Prevention,' aimed to characterize the relationships of incarcerated African-Americans and the influence of those characteristics in protection against STI/HIV risk when in the community, when STI/HIV transmission risk is greatest. (2017-04-10)

The Lancet: Structural racism, mass incarceration, and health care system fuel growing health inequalities in the USA
Structural racism, mass incarceration, and the widening income gap between rich and poor all feed growing health inequalities in the USA, which the health care system -- by its very design and financing -- only helps exacerbate, according to a new five paper Series published in The Lancet. (2017-04-06)

Dark tourism has grown around myth of prison tree
New research involving the University of Adelaide is helping to expose a myth about a significant Australian 'prison tree,' which researchers say has become a popular tourism attraction for the wrong reasons. (2017-03-23)

Manhattan DA's office awards $10.3 million grant to create Youth Opportunity Hub
The Manhattan District Attorney's Criminal Justice Investment Initiative awarded a grant to Alwyn T. Cohall, M.D., co-leader of an interdisciplinary team of investigators and partners, professor at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health, and director of the Harlem Health Promotion Center. The four-year award of $10.3 million will create a Youth Opportunity Hub in Northern Manhattan. The hub grants provide support to youth in target neighborhoods to reduce involvement in the criminal justice system. (2017-03-08)

History of incarceration linked to subsequent homelessness, study finds
People reporting a history of incarceration in the past 12 months were less likely to be housed during the subsequent year compared with those who hadn't (24.7 percent vs. 75.3 percent, respectively), according to the report, published online today in the Canadian Journal of Public Health. (2017-03-01)

Incarceration linked to excess burden of cancer, new study finds
People who spend time in jails and prisons are more likely to develop certain types of cancer than the general population in Ontario, according to a study published today in the open-access journal PLOS ONE. They were also more than 50 percent more likely to die from cancer than the general population in Ontario, the study found. (2017-02-22)

NAS honors four for major contributions in neuroscience, psychology, and criminology
The National Academy of Sciences will honor four individuals with awards in recognition of their extraordinary scientific achievements in neuroscience, psychology, and criminology. (2017-01-25)

The war on drugs causes massive human rights violations
The war on drugs has had devastating effects on human rights and public health worldwide, argue experts in The BMJ today. (2017-01-17)

New study finds Transcendental Meditation reduces trauma in female prisoners
The first study to specifically focus on reducing stress in female prisoners has found that Transcendental Meditation significantly reduces trauma symptoms. Women have become the fastest growing prison population in the US, and research shows they suffer from higher rates of mental and emotional trauma, and higher rates of sexual abuse than men. This randomized controlled trial, published in The Permanente Journal, follows a recent study on reduced trauma in male inmates through Transcendental Meditation. (2017-01-17)

Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Achieving Positive Outcomes After Detention for Youth
Many delinquent youth who serve time in detention fail to achieve long-term positive outcomes, including getting a high school diploma, having a job, abstaining from substance abuse and desisting from criminal activity, according to a new study published online by JAMA Pediatrics that highlights the racial/ethnic disparities in reaching these milestones. (2016-12-19)

People with traumatic brain injury approximately 2.5 times more likely to be incarcerated
People who have suffered a traumatic brain injury are approximately 2.5 times more likely to be incarcerated in a federal correctional facility in Canada than people who have not, a new study has found. (2016-12-08)

Black-white earnings gap returns to 1950 levels
After years of progress, the median earnings gap between black and white men has returned to what it was in 1950, according to new research by economists from Duke University and the University of Chicago. The experience of African-American men is not uniform, though: the earnings gap between black men with a college education and those with less education is at an all-time high, the authors say. (2016-11-22)

Researchers examine how drug policy impacts HIV vulnerability among African-Americans
Researchers at the University of Louisville School of Public Health and Information Sciences have developed a tool for framing the relationship between policy, criminal justice practices and HIV-related factors that impact racial disparities. (2016-11-17)

Policy to prevent opioid overdose presented at national meeting
Training Allegheny County Jail inmates in the use of the heroin overdose antidote drug (2016-10-28)

Vast majority of impoverished fathers involved with their children
Many policymakers and elected officials, including President Barack Obama, have publicly criticized impoverished and African-American fathers for not being involved in the lives of their children. But a new study published in the journal Families in Society suggests the criticism is largely unfounded and that even in cases of incarceration, most low-income fathers are connected to their children. (2016-10-03)

Prisons could unlock hep C-free future
Prisons provide one of the most significant opportunities to drive down the prevalence of hepatitis C, and help reach global WHO elimination goals, says new research presented at the 5th International Symposium on Hepatitis Care in Substance Users today. (2016-09-08)

Norwegian prisons rehabilitate criminal offenders
Norwegian prisons have great results. Inmates have 30 per cent lower risk for future crime, than those who were given suspended sentence. Those who are sentenced to prison have 40 per cent better chance to get a job afterwards compared with those who have received more lenient penalties. (2016-08-24)

Prisoners worldwide bear higher burdens of HIV and other infections
Prisoners and detainees worldwide have higher burdens of HIV, viral hepatitis and tuberculosis than the communities from which they come, and the regular cycling of infected people in and out of incarceration is worsening the epidemics both inside and outside of prison, new Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health-led research suggests. (2016-07-14)

For HIV with substance use, patient navigation, incentives not enough to improve outcomes
A new study has found that among hospitalized patients with HIV infection and substance use, patient navigation (care coordination with case management) and the use of financial incentives did not have a beneficial effect on suppressing HIV after 12 months, compared to treatment as usual. (2016-07-12)

High rate of drug overdose deaths among adults recently released from incarceration: Study
One in 10 adults who died of a drug overdose in Ontario between April 2006 and March 2013 had been released from a provincial correctional facility within one year, researchers at St. Michael's Hospital and the University of Toronto have found. (2016-07-06)

Europe: Don't adopt Australian style immigration system, warn ethicists
European countries should not adopt Australia's immigration system, with its emphasis on deterrence, warn ethicists in a special issue of the Journal of Medical Ethics, dedicated to global medical ethics. (2016-06-27)

NIH-funded drug abuse program explores problems such as racism, incarceration
University of Illinois social work professor Liliane Windsor and Ellen Benoit of New York University awarded $2 million NIH grant for expanded study of Community Wise, a drug abuse program that addresses effects of racism, sexism, poverty and incarceration. (2016-06-24)

Youth with parents, household members in prison more likely to have first baby before marriage
Youth between ages 10 and 14 when a household member goes to prison are at a 41 percent greater risk for giving birth to their first child before marriage. This risk is especially pronounced when the father or an extended household member is imprisoned. (2016-06-14)

Screening for syphilis recommended for persons at increased risk of infection
The US Preventive Services Task Force has found convincing evidence that screening for syphilis infection in asymptomatic, nonpregnant persons at increased risk for infection provides substantial benefit. The report appears in the June 7 issue of JAMA. (2016-06-07)

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