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- DescriptionThe female inmate population in the United States has exploded in the past two decades, increasing nearly six-fold. The prison system, however, has t expanded its health care to provide for this growing population of women. This comprehensive reader addresses the physical and mental needs of women prisoners and suggests that they cant be properly treated unless their lifestyles before, during, and after incarceration are considered. The book abounds with statistics that outline the unique needs of the female prison population. For instance, a significant proportion of female prisoners suffer physical and sexual violence before serving time. Incarcerated teenagers are more likely than others from their age group to have engaged in behaviors that increased their risk for contracting sexually transmitted diseases like HIV. Because African American women are more likely than their counterparts to face jail time, their needs warrant specific attention. Female inmates also face more common sexual and reproductive health concerns as well as many of the same chronic and infectious diseases as men, such as cardiovascular disease, hypertension, and hepatitis. Bringing together twenty original essays, this volume will be invaluable for lobbyists and policy makers as well as for graduate students in the fields of criminal justice and health care.
- Author BiographyRonald L. Braithwaite is a professor in the department of community health and preventive medicine at the Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia. Kimberly Jacob Arriola is an assistant professor in the department of behavioral sciences and health education in the Rollins School of Public Health of Emory University in Atlanta. Cassandra Newkirk, a forensic psychiatrist, has over twenty years experience working in correctional settings.
- PublisherRutgers University Press
- Date of Publication15/11/2006
- SubjectGender Studies / Gay & Lesbian Studies
- Place of PublicationNew Brunswick, NJ
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintRutgers University Press
- Content Noteill
- Weight540 g
- Width156 mm
- Height235 mm
- Spine21 mm
- Edited byCassandra Newkirk,Kimberly Jacob Arriola,Ronald L. Braithwaite
- Foreword byDavid Satcher
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