Journal of Urban Health

, Volume 85, Issue 3, pp 452–454 | Cite as

Public Health Behind Bars

  • Amy Nunn
  • Ank Nijhawan

“Inmates and ex-inmates are part of the communities that we live in. What happens to them is vital to the health of the community and to public health” writes David Satcher, former US Surgeon General in the foreword to Public Health Behind Bars. What follows is a comprehensive, provocative volume of articles edited by Robert Greifinger that explores correctional health interventions and their impact on greater public health. The five sections of the book draw on a broad range of expertise, including public policy and law, management of communicable and chronic diseases, and inmate reintegration into the community. The result is a multi-faceted, invaluable resource that should be required reading for anyone interested in correctional health.

The book appropriately begins with an overview of the social and legal issues related to correctional health care. The first few chapters lay the foundation for the remainder of the book, explaining the rapid rise in incarceration rates over the...

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© The New York Academy of Medicine 2008

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of Infectious DiseasesBrown University Medical SchoolProvidenceUSA

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