Health and Health Promotion in Prisons
By Michael Ross
Routledge – 2013 – 144 pages
The impact of the United Nations "Healthy Prisons" initiative has highlighted the importance of health and health promotion in incarcerated populations. This invaluable book discusses the many health and medical issues that arise or are introduced into prisons from the perspective of both inmates and prison staff.
Health and Health Promotion in Prison places key issues in prison healthcare into a historical perspective and investigates contemporary policy drivers. It then addresses the significant legal issues relating to health in prison settings and the human rights implications and questions that arise. The book presents a useful framework for health education in prison and a model for introducing structural, policy and health-related changes based on the UN Health in Prisons model, and also includes a special chapter on mental health issues.
Providing a comprehensive and thought-provoking overview of health promotion issues in correctional environments, this is an essential reference for all those involved in prison healthcare.
Foreword Lord Ramsbotham 1. The Need for Correctional Public Health and Health Promotion 2. Health in Prisons: A Brief Historical Perspective 3. Approaching Health and Human Rights in Prison: Comparing England-Wales and the European Court of Human Rights, and the United States 4. The Resurrection of the Body in Penology: Prison Health Care as Physical Punishment in a Twentieth Century US Correctional System 5. On Giving Good Care to Bad People: Examining the Principles of Prison Health Care 6. Pedagogy for prisoners: An Approach to Peer Health Education for Inmates 7. Prison Staff Occupational Health and Safety and its Relationship with Inmate Health 8 . Ensuring Health in Prison and Achieving Healthy Prisons: The TECH model 9. Mental Health and Treatment in Prisons: Hospitals of Last Resort or Rehabilitation?
Michael Ross is Professor of Public Health at the University of Texas, USA.