More than 10 million people are incarcerated worldwide, and this number has increased by one million in the past decade.
Some of the major medical problems include:
- Mental disorders and infectious diseases are more common in prisoners
- High rates of suicide in prison
- Increased mortality on release
High risk groups among prisoners:
- prisoners aged 55 years and older
The health of prisoners. The Lancet, Volume 377, Issue 9769, Pages 956 - 965, 12 March 2011.
“A very severe physical trial”. The Lancet, Volume 377, Issue 9769, Page 876, 12 March 2011.
It’s fashionable to treat social problems as if they were diseases. Can incarceration be thought of as disease? asks BMJ http://goo.gl/R6BNp
Comments from Twitter:
Courtney J Blair, MD @AllergistBlair: Thank you. I have a CVID pt going to prison for embezelment, this may help to get home incarceration.