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Psychiatric disorders persist after youths leave detention
Researchers interviewed nearly 2,000 youths up to five years after they were released from juvenile detention to assess their mental health. More than 45 percent of males and nearly 30 percent of females had one or more psychiatric disorders, much higher than the general population. Substance use disorders were the most prevalent (most common in non-Hispanic whites.) Many kids don't get treatment due to lack of services, perpetuating the revolving door between the community and corrections. (2012-10-01)

Lax gun ownership laws could impact ability of high-risk individuals to purchase firearms
Sixty percent of persons incarcerated for gun crimes in the thirteen US states with the most lax standards for legal firearm ownership were not legally prohibited from possessing firearms when they committed. Twenty-nine percent had criminal records or would have been too young to legally possess a firearm in states with the strictest standards for gun ownership. (2012-07-09)

Despite hardships, black men in urban communities are resilient, MU researcher says
Black men, especially those living in low-income, urban areas, face many societal stressors, including racial discrimination, incarceration and poverty. In addition, these men have poorer health outcomes. Now, a University of Missouri faculty member has studied these men's efforts to negotiate social environments that are not designed to help them attain good health and success. (2012-07-02)

Parolees behaving badly
Police officers are always trying to control the misconduct of those who are on parole in order to control crime in the community, but what types of behaviors land them back in jail and what can law enforcement officials do about it? A recent article in the Journal of Correctional Health Care, published by SAGE, discusses how to target the most common risky behaviors among specific groups of parolees in order to lower crime in the community. (2012-04-12)

Sam Houston State professor examines race and sentencing
A Sam Houston State University professor is working on a series of studies that examine the effects of race and ethnicity on state and federal sentencing outcomes, including incarceration and sentence length decisions. (2012-02-23)

Social workers should reclaim role in juvenile corrections system, MU researcher says
A University of Missouri expert on juvenile justice and child welfare says social workers should return to the juvenile corrections system and reclaim their role as rehabilitators. (2012-02-17)

Wayne State University study of heroin users to examine links between stress, drug use
A Wayne State University researcher is using a three-year, $1.55 million grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse of the National Institutes of Health to learn more about the links between stress and drug use by applying behavioral economics. (2011-10-25)

Women in prison: An issue of blaming the individual for social problems
Researchers have long claimed that physical abuse and marginalization lead to criminal activity; however, women in prison are taught to overlook socioeconomic issues and blame only themselves for their behavior, according to the new study (2011-10-11)

Health and forensic databases may contribute to racial disparities
There is too little attention paid in national and international public policy circles to the digital divide in health and law enforcement databases, says a new article in this week's PLoS Medicine. (2011-10-04)

Prison education programs reduce inmate prison return rate, University of Missouri study shows
A University of Missouri researcher has found that educating inmates and preparing them to find jobs upon their release from prison greatly reduces their recidivism rate. (2011-10-04)

Current, not prior, depression predicts crack cocaine use
Even after accounting for current crack use, a new study finds that women in drug court who are experiencing current major depression are more likely to use crack within four months than other women in drug court. The paper's lead author argues that depression screening and treatment may be important components of drug court services for crack-using women. (2011-07-14)

ASA selects 5 Ph.D. students for its Minority Fellowship Program
The American Sociological Association (ASA) has announced the five sociologists who will comprise the 38th cohort of the ASA Minority Fellowship Program (MFP). (2011-07-12)

Large-scale early education linked to higher living standards and crime prevention 25 years later
High-quality early education has a strong, positive impact well into adulthood, according to research led by Arthur Reynolds, co-director of the Human Capital Research Collaborative and professor of child development, and Judy Temple, a professor in the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. The study is the longest follow-up ever of an established large-scale early childhood program. (2011-06-09)

Health and safety of low-skilled workers should be priority for migration policy
In the fourth article in a six-part PLoS Medicine series on migration and health, Joan Benach from the Employment Conditions Network at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain, and colleagues discuss the health risks and policy needs associated with migration to destination countries, especially for low-skilled workers. (2011-06-07)

Physicians call for new approach to address national 'epidemic of mass incarceration'
With 2.3 million people behind bars and an estimated 10 million Americans cycling in and out of correctional facilities each year, the United States is in the midst of an (2011-06-01)

'Young, disadvantaged men'
With teen moms being debated heavily in popular culture today, it's easy to neglect the effects of fatherhood. However, recent research shows that young, disadvantaged men also affect a family and society. In fact, by age 30, between 68 and 75 percent of young men with a high school degree or less are fathers. (2011-05-23)

Contact with the criminal justice system may be associated with suicide risk
Men and women who have had contact with the criminal justice system -- even if they have never received a jail or prison sentence or a guilty verdict -- appear to have a significantly higher rate of suicide than the general population, according to a report posted online today that will appear in the June print issue of Archives of General Psychiatry, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. (2011-02-07)

The effects of Alcoholics Anonymous on women returning from prison
New research from the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University has shown that when recently released women from prison attend at least one Alcoholics Anonymous meeting a week there was a significant decrease in alcohol-related consequences and overall drinking. (2010-12-14)

Miriam receives $1.5 million from NIH to 'seek, test and treat' inmates with HIV
The Miriam Hospital received three of the 12 newly awarded grants from the National Institutes of Health aimed at improving HIV prevention and treatment of prison and jail inmates. The awards, issued to only a handful of institutions nationwide, are part of Seek, Test, and Treat: Addressing HIV in the Criminal Justice System -- NIH's largest research initiative to date to aggressively identify and treat HIV-positive inmates, parolees and probationers and help them continue care when they return to their home communities. (2010-11-09)

BMC receives National Institutes of Health grant to study intrauterine cocaine and substance reslience
Deborah A. Frank, MD, the director of the Grow Clinic for Children at Boston Medical Center (BMC) and a Professor of Pediatrics at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM), has received a 5-year, $3.7 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to study the long-term impacts of intrauterine cocaine exposure (IUCE) and intrauterine substance exposure (IUSE). (2010-10-19)

Mental health courts appear to shorten jail time, reduce re-arrest for those with psychiatric illness
Special mental health courts appear to be associated with lower post-treatment arrest rates and reduced number of days of incarceration for individuals with serious psychiatric illnesses, according to a report posted online today that will appear in the February 2011 print issue of Archives of General Psychiatry, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. (2010-10-04)

Father's incarceration associated with elevated risks of marijuana and other illegal drug use
In a recently published study in the journal Addiction, researchers from Bowling Green State University report evidence of an association between father's incarceration and substantially elevated risks for illegal drug use in adolescence and early adulthood. (2010-09-29)

Unprecedented effort to seek, test and treat inmates with HIV
Twelve scientific teams in more than a dozen states will receive National Institutes of Health grants to study effective ways to prevent and treat HIV/AIDS among people in the criminal justice system. (2010-09-23)

Research examines the price of prison for children
It comes as no surprise that many children suffer when a parent is behind bars. But as rates of incarceration grew over the past 30 years, researchers were slow to focus on the collateral damage to children. (2010-08-09)

Mother-to-child HIV transmission rate falling, but more can be done
Powerful anti-HIV therapies in the mid-1990s and the establishment of protocols by the CDC to treat pregnant women who are infected, and their babies, have slowed mother-to-child HIV transmission. Increased HIV-testing outreach and education efforts have also paid off. (2010-07-22)

3 Georgian leaders sign Vienna Declaration, strengthen call for science-based drug policy
Sandra Roelofs, first lady of Georgia; George Tsereteli, Georgia's deputy chairman of parliament; and Irakli Giorgobiani, Georgia's vice minister of labour, health and social affairs, today signed the Vienna Declaration, the official declaration of AIDS 2010 in Vienna, Austria. (2010-07-22)

Improved treatment access requires end to portrayal of drug abusers as already dead
The Lancet series on HIV in people who use drugs, published online July 20 and presented at the international AIDS conference in Vienna, reports that in order to improve access to antiretroviral therapy among injecting drug users, health providers must focus less on the individual patient's ability to adhere to treatment, and more on conditions of health delivery that create treatment interruptions. (2010-07-21)

Drug users must be decriminalized along with scale-up of combination treatment and changes to drug control and law enforcement
In the seventh and final paper in the Lancet series on HIV in people who use drugs, a call to action is made by experts who say that while scale-up of various interventions outlined in earlier papers are vital, these are not enough. Drug users should be decriminalized, along with other changes in policy on drug control and law enforcement. (2010-07-20)

Improved antiretroviral treatment access requires decriminalization and end to portrayal of injecting drug users as 'less than human' or already dead
The third paper in the Lancet series on HIV in people who use drugs says that in order to improve access to antiretroviral therapy among injecting drug users, health providers must focus less on individual patient's ability to adhere to treatment, and more on conditions of health delivery that create treatment interruptions. (2010-07-20)

Study confirms benefit of routine, jail-based HIV testing for inmates
Routine, jail-based HIV testing of inmates can successfully identify a substantial proportion of people unknowingly infected with HIV and could play a critical role in preventing the spread of the disease, according to a new report in this week's US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. (2010-06-24)

Depression care program eliminates suicide
A unique program for patients with depression has resulted in two and a half years without a single suicide from Henry Ford's patient population. The program, chronicled in an article in this week's issue of JAMA, was created by the Behavioral Health Services division of Henry Ford Health System in 2001. (2010-05-18)

President Bill Clinton and South African Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi to join 25,000 scientists, people living with HIV, and other stakeholders at XVIII International AIDS Conference in Vienna
Organizers of the XVIII International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2010) announced today that President Bill Clinton, founder of the William J. Clinton Foundation and 42nd President of the United States, and South African Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi will be among 19 high-level speakers who will address an estimated 25,000 conference attendees in Vienna this summer. (2010-05-03)

End-of-life care strategies examined in Pennsylvania prisons
Improved delivery of end-of-life care in prison is the focus of a $1.27 million grant from the National Institute of Nursing Research that has Penn State researchers working with employees from six Pennsylvania prisons and the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections. (2010-01-26)

A Venus flytrap for nuclear waste
Like a Venus flytrap, a material developed at Northwestern University permanently traps only its desired prey, the radioactive ion cesium, and not harmless sodium ions. The material can remove 100 percent of the cesium -- found in nuclear waste but very difficult to clean up -- from a sodium-heavy solution. It is cesium itself that triggers a structural change in the material, causing it to snap shut its pores and trap the cesium ions. (2010-01-26)

Apology for human rights abuses has precedent in US
The growing global movement to apologize and make restitution to victims of human rights abuses is gathering steam in the United States. It won't be the first, however, because the nation has a precedent of government restitution in three examples found in the history of the American West, says Sherry Smith, president of the Western History Association and a history professor at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. (2009-09-28)

Prison gambling associated with crime, substance abuse when offenders re-enter community: Study
Parolees with a gambling habit may resort to criminal activities and substance abuse when they are released from prison if there are few community supports to help them re-integrate, a University of Alberta study has concluded. (2009-09-16)

Study finds US prison system falls short in treating drug addiction
More than 200,000 individuals addicted to heroin, an opiate, are incarcerated in the US each year. Opiate replacement therapy is effective, yet is only available in half of US prison systems, usually in limited circumstances. Few prison systems provide referrals to inmates for treatment programs after release. (2009-09-08)

Moving away lowers re-incarceration risk for parolees
Relocation substantially lowers the likelihood of re-incarceration for parolees, according to new research at the University of Texas at Austin. (2009-06-09)

Filling the gap: The importance of Medicaid continuity for former inmates
It is time for states to suspend, rather than terminate, the Medicaid benefits of inmates while they are incarcerated, say correctional health care experts from the Miriam Hospital in a commentary published online by the Journal of General Internal Medicine. (2009-05-18)

Stigma increases likelihood that drug users reoffend
Punitive policies intended to reduce drug use by making life difficult for convicted users are counterproductive and actually lead to a vicious spiral of drug use and re-incarceration. Research published in BioMed Central's open access journal Substance Abuse Treatment, Prevention and Policy reveals how legal punishment, withdrawal of services and social stigmatization encourage a return to drug use, increased criminal activity and ultimately reincarceration. (2009-05-07)

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