IN THE NEWS

How Policing Black Boys Leads To The Conditioning Of Black Men
NPR, May 23, 2017
“Adolescence is a critical time during which young people come to understand and respect or resent the law and legal institutions. Negative attitudes about the police acquired during childhood and adolescence have a “lasting” effect as youth transition to adulthood. The long history of aggressive and biased interactions with the police — perceived or real — has socialized a generation of black boys to avoid contact with the police whenever possible and if not, to be hostile — sometimes outright confrontational — with police.”

Why We Shouldn’t Stigmatize Mentally Ill Prisoners
Time, May 17, 2017
“With wide-open space for groups, patient-painted murals on the walls and staff offices next to patient cells, [the mental health unit at Rikers] is now home to one of five highly specialized and intensive mental health units, called the Program for Accelerating Clinical Effectiveness (PACE). These units follow a rehabilitative philosophy, with hospital-level staffing, officers and clinicians working together with the patients as a team, praise and incentives for prosocial behavior as well as ample opportunity for the patients to tell their stories and to be heard.”

Sessions Restores Tough Drug War Policies That Trigger Mandatory Minimums
Los Angeles Times, May 12 , 2017
“Sessions rescinded policy memos signed in 2013 and 2014 by then-Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. that instructed prosecutors to reserve the toughest charges for high-level traffickers and violent criminals. Since then, the number of drug offenders given mandatory minimum sentences has dropped dramatically, contributing to a 14% decline in the total federal prison population, with 188,797 inmates this month.”

Spend a Dollar on Drug Treatment, Save More on Crime Reduction
New York Times, April 24, 2017
“Relative to the costs of crime alone, treatment for substance use disorders is a good deal. Even though a typical burglary may result in a few thousand dollars of tangible losses, researchers have estimated that people are willing to pay 10 times that amount to avoid that loss and 100 times more to avoid armed robbery. This reflects the fact that crime exacts a large psychological toll — the threat or climate of it is far more costly than the crimes themselves.”

CENTER IN FOCUS

Center leadership and affiliated faculty are featured in the latest edition of Brown Medicine, discussing the clinical care they provide for incarcerated patients, as well as their advocacy efforts on behalf of justice-involved individuals. The article also highlights the Center’s undergraduate course, Designing Education for Better Prisoner and Community Health.

The Center is excited to be a finalist in the Healthiest Cities and Counties Challenge. We’re using the Challenge to develop a Transitions Clinic in program in Providence with local partners. For more about the program model, check out the Transitions Clinic network.

Center Co-Founder and Director Dr. Josiah Rich is profiled in The Lancet (page 8) as part of their series on HIV and related infections in prisoners. Dr. Rich and other Center-affiliated staff and researchers have a piece in the series on the clinical care of incarcerated people with HIV, viral hepatitis, or tuberculosis.

For a broader take on correctional health, see the Fall 2015 edition of Issues in Science and Technology. Dr. Rich and the Center’s Senior Research Assistant Alexandria Macmadu wrote a correctional health overview that focuses on correctional health as community health and the challenges of providing health care inside.