New “Standards for Health Services in Juvenile Detention and Confinement Facilities” Released

The National Commission on Correctional Health Care launched a Juvenile Standards Task Force, which included physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses and mental health experts from around the nation. Corrections1 reports “the revised and updated standards are up-to-date with best practices and knowledge gained over last seven years.” “‘Not only does this revision reflect our current understanding […]

Medical neglect for transgender inmates too often demands court intervention

“Transgender inmates who don’t get proper gender-affirming care in prison can experience serious anxiety, depression and suicidal ideation. One individual said the experience was “catastrophic.” Note: This story contains graphic details of incidents of self-harm. NPR’s Jaclyn Diaz reports on the experiences of transgender inmates, including an incarcerated woman who’s been denied her hormones therapy […]

Alabama said prison strike was ‘under control.’ Footage shows system in deadly disarray.

Amidst ongoing mental health crisis, delays in AL DOC construction of new correctional facilities includes 4,000-bed prison for disabled inmates with specialized needs, such as psychiatric, cancer and cardiac care. Then on 9/26, a prison strike across From the Montgomery Advertiser and The Marshall Project: “The strike started Sept. 26 after thousands of prisoners refused […]

States Push for Innovative Ways to Improve Health Outcomes for Justice-Involved Individuals

From JD Supra: “There is growing momentum among states to develop innovative models to help people involved with the justice system (i.e., justice-involved individuals) receive health care services covered by Medicaid while they are incarcerated. By providing services before people are released, including care management to plan for reentry, states are hoping they can improve health outcomes […]