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Emerging Issues in Prison Health – Preface
Book Item (Buchkapitel, Lexikonartikel, jur. Kommentierung, Beiträge in Sammelbänden)
ID 3693112
Author(s) Elger, Bernice S.; Ritter, Catherine; Stöver, Heino
Author(s) at UniBasel Elger, Bernice Simone
Year 2016
Title Emerging Issues in Prison Health – Preface
Editor(s) Elger, Bernice S.; Ritter, Catherine; Stöver, Heino
Book title Emerging Issues in Prison Health
Publisher Springer
Place of publication Dordrecht
Pages vii-xii
ISSN/ISBN 978-94-017-7556-4 ; 978-94-017-7558-8

Prisons worldwide tend to be overcrowded, stressful, hostile, and regularly violent places. Ethnic and social minorities and members of the most disadvantaged groups in society are over-represented in the prison population. Communicable diseases, licit and illicit drug abuse, mental health problems, and other health risks are more prevalent in prisons than in the general community. Most prisoners remain in prison for short periods and diseases are spread through the ‘revolving prison doors’ both within the prison and also within the communities to which prisoners return after imprisonment.  Against  this  background,  health  problems  become  a  major  threat not only for the prison administration but also for public health in general. These health problems are not confined to certain states or regions, but are found globally. Global  efforts  are  therefore  necessary  to  recognise  and  address  the  health-care issues of prisoners, to establish best practice, and to learn about approaches to these challenges from around the world...

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