Special Issue "Incarceration and Health"

A special issue of Healthcare (ISSN 2227-9032). This special issue belongs to the section "Forensic Medicine".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Homer Venters
Guest Editor
School of Global Public Health, New York University, New York, New York, NY 10003, USA
Interests: health and human rights

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagurs,

Mass incarceration has received attention as an example of racism in criminal justice, but the links between mass incarceration, racism and health have been less defined. Morbidity and mortality among incarcerated people and others with criminal justice involvement often focus on the health demographics of those individuals rather than health risks that prisons, jails and immigration detention centers confer to people held in those settings. In addition, correctional systems are often operated to avoid the systemic analysis of health outcomes, especially those that reflect institutional risk from abuse or neglect. Similarly, the systemic health risks conferred by parole, probation and other forms of community supervision are poorly understood. These hidden risks to health in the United States are concentrated among people of color and people with behavioral health concerns, including mental illness and substance use disorders. 

In order to define the health risks of incarceration, and leverage public health organizations and voices in the effort to address the health consequences of mass incarceration, we are dedicating this special issue of Healthcare to Incarceration, racism and health. We are seeking manuscript submissions that can address the following specific questions and areas;

How can we quantify the health risks of incarceration and involvement in the justice system?

What are the effects of COVID-19 responses in carceral settings on heath and health disparities of COVID-19?

What systemic barriers exist to providing evidence-based health care for incarcerated people?

What lessons from addressing racism in community health can be applied to incarceration, racism and health?

We welcome research, review and perspectives manuscripts for this special issue of Healthcare. Please contact the guest editor of this special edition, Dr. Homer Venters, with questions.

Dr. Homer Venters
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Healthcare is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1600 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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