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“Association of Restrictive Housing During Incarceration with Mortality After Release”
JAMA Network Open
, October 4, 2019
“This cohort study included 229 274 people who were released from incarceration in North Carolina from 2000 to 2015. Compared with individuals who were incarcerated and not placed in restrictive housing, individuals who spent any time in restrictive housing were 24% more likely to die in the first year after release, especially from suicide (78% more likely) and homicide (54% more likely); they were also 127% more likely to die of an opioid overdose in the first 2 weeks after release.”

“Putting All the Pieces Back”: Lessons from a Health Care–Led Jail Reentry Pilot: A Case Study”
NEJM Catalyst
, September 25, 2019
“In Camden, New Jersey, the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers (Camden Coalition) works alongside community partners to connect service delivery and data silos in order to improve outcomes for the region’s most vulnerable residents. Suspecting that there was an overlap in the populations served by the health care and criminal justice systems, we enacted a data-sharing relationship with the Camden County Police Department in 2015 to combine arrest data with all-payer claims data from the regional hospitals with which we had long-standing data-sharing relationships.”

Would Expanded Criminal Background Checks Hurt Federal Job Applicants?
The Marshall Project
, March 8, 2019
“The Trump administration wants applicants for federal jobs and contractor positions to divulge whether they have gone through diversion programs such as drug courts that are meant to help people avoid prison. But critics say the move undermines the whole idea of sentencing alternatives that are designed to keep permanent blemishes off participants’ records, avoiding negative background checks that can limit jobs, housing and education.”

When Going to Jail Means Giving Up The Meds That Saved Your Life
The Marshall Project, January 29, 2019
“The landmark Americans with Disabilities Act, signed into law in 1990, bans discrimination against people with disabilities and requires that public places or services be made accessible to all. From its inception, the law included protections for those recovering from alcoholism and drug addiction. Yet until recently, the law was rarely invoked on behalf of prisoners taking methadone and buprenorphine.”

The Doublethink of the FIRST STEP Act
The Hill, December 17, 2018
“Now, after years of directly impacted leaders gaining wide popular support for an end to mass incarceration, we are witnessing again an emerging fascination with new methods of social control. But we must not be deceived by the seeming efficiency of e-carceration and risk assessment as solutions to our mass incarceration problem. Both are deeply flawed and unsustainable responses that perpetuate the social inequities that have created America’s criminal justice crisis.”

When Mental-Health Experts, Not Police, Are The First Responders
Wall Street Journal, November 24, 2018
“But in Eugene, Oregon’s third-largest city, when police receive such calls, they aren’t usually the ones who respond. Here, the first responders are typically pairs of hoodie-wearing crisis workers and medics driving white vans stocked with medical supplies, blankets and water.”

CENTER IN FOCUS

The Center’s Executive Director and Co-Founder were featured in the Providence Journal highlighting a recent visit to Rhode Island by Dr. Joao Goulao, the architect of Portugal’s radical and effective drug policy reform efforts, and issuing a call to action for Rhode Island to follow Portugal’s example.

Center Co-Founder and Director Dr. Jody Rich co-authored a new report from the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine that outlines a “series of recommendations on how to combine care for opioid use disorder with treatment for a number of infectious diseases increasingly associated with opioid abuse.”

Calling all doctors and medical students: sign the petition asking the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education to require t that all residents and fellows who care for patients who use opioids, as well as their core faculty, receive specific training on the treatment of opioid use disorder.

The Center’s new Executive Director, Mavis Nimoh, is the subject of a June Valley Breeze feature about her goals for the Center for Prisoner Health and Human Rights. In this feature, Mavis talks about how her prior government agency and nonprofit work has informed her perspective on mass incarceration, social justice, and public health.

Center Co-Founder and Director Dr. Jody Rich is featured in the June 6, 2019 episode of Univision Noticias, speaking about the 284 new cases of mumps within federal immigration detention facilities in Texas since last fall. In this segment, he shares his thoughts on preventing infectious disease outbreaks in the institutional setting.

On November 26, Center Co-Founder Dr. Scott Allen spoke on the deplorable conditions and concerning quality of healthcare at government-run detention centers in a 60 Minutes feature and in a New York Times article on migrant family detention. In these features, Dr. Allen describes his experiences with healthcare facility inspections at the Department of Homeland Security, and denounces the critical lack of oversight for the ramifications and potential harm inflicted as a result of the Trump administration’s decision to separate children from families.

A $1-million federal grant awarded to Amos House in November 2018 paves the way for the establishment of the RI Reentry Collaborative in partnership with the Center for Prisoner Health and Human Rights, OpenDoors, Reentry Campus Program, and the Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence! The RI Reentry Collaborative will aim to provide comprehensive services to people being released from incarceration.

In October 2018, the Center co-published a report with the Fenway Institute titled “Emerging Best Practices for the Management and Treatment of LGBTQI Youth in Juvenile Justice Settings” authored by Brad Brockmann, JD, MDiv, former Executive Director of the Center, alongside Sean Cahill PhD, Vickie Henry JD, and Timothy Wang MPH. This report is intended as a guidebook to assist prison administrators.

 
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