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Health Behind Bars: Obamacare and Justice-Involved Populations

October 16, 2013 03:54:07 pm


The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act  (ACA) grants the incarcerated and those being released from prison a first-ever chance to get comprehensive, continuous health care.  It will also have a huge impact on offenders in custody awaiting trail, as well as on justice-involved families and communities across the U.S.

On Oct. 21-22, 2013, policymakers, NGOs, correctional care experts and physicians from across the country gathered at John Jay College in New York City to discuss the implications of the ACA for the U.S. corrections system, as well as the political and social landscape in which these dramatic changes are occurring, with selected journalists,

The two-day symposium launched a year-long project designed to help reporters and editors from print, online and broadcast outlets nationwide cover this issue. Twenty  journalists were selected for the unique fellowships, which are administered  by John Jay’s Center on Media, Crime and Justice (CMCJ). The Center’s mission, in part, is to encourage and promote excellence in reporting on the 21st century challenges of the justice system. 

Scheduled speakers included: Elizabeth Glazer, deputy director of public safety, New York State Office of Criminal Justice Services; Nicole Redmond, M.D. of the University of Alabama Division of Preventative Health; Emily Wang, M.D., of Yale University, co-founder of the national Transitional Clinics Network; Julio Medina, founder and executive director of Exodus Transitional Services in New York City; Therese Brumfield, vice president of provider operations for Corizon Correctional Health Care; Mercedes Smith, a former New York State prison inmate and outreach/policy specialist for Brooklyn, N.Y.-based Women on the Rise Telling Her Story; Steve Rosenberg, founder and president, Community Oriented Correctional Health Services; and Elizabeth Gondles, Ph.D., health-care advisor at the American Correctional Association Coalition of Correctional Health Authorities.

For a full agenda, a list of speakers & fellows and biographies of all participants,  click HERE.

We are pleased to invite readers to monitor this space for live coverage  of the symposium, and for articles produced by the Fellows.

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Fellows Stories

Obamacare Could Reduce America's Bloated Prison Population
Simon McCormack , The Huffington Post
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Medicaid could save state millions on inmate health, study says
Lori Kersey, The Charleston Gazette
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How Does Obamacare Impact Women of Color and People in Prison?
Vikki Law, Bitch Magazine
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"If the Risk Is Low, Let Them Go": Efforts to Resolve the Growing Numbers of Aging Behind Bars
Vikki Law, Truthout
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Questioning Solitary Confinement
Trey Bundy & Daffodil Altan, PBS/Center for Investigative Reporting
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The revolving door: Wyoming reliance on jails for mental health services comes with consequences
Megan Cassidy, The Star-Tribune
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Effective But Costly: Prison Officials Debate New Hepatitis Drug
Patricia Murphy, KUOW
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California Turns to Private Prison to Address Overcrowding and Medical Care
Victoria Law, Truthout
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California Turns to Private Prison to Address Overcrowding and Medical Care
Victoria Law, TruthOut
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Health Care Workers, Ex-Inmates Say DOC Must Take Better Care Of Aging Convicts
Gilman Halsted, Wisconsin Public Radio
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Large Number Of Prisoners Allege Abuse At Waupun Prison
Gilman Halsted, Wisconsin Public Radio
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Investigative Report Raises Questions About Solitary Confinement In Wisconsin
Gilman Halsted, Wisconsin Public Radio
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Mental Health Series:If Only They Had Treated Him Before
Edited: Jacque Wilson, CNN.com
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Pill-addicted veterans get second chance with treatment court
CNN Interim Health Editor Jacque Wilson, a Health Behind Bars Fellow who also has written about correctional health care, edited this CNN report, CNN.com
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Obamacare for ex-inmates: Is health insurance an antidote to crime?
Cara Tabachnick, Christian Science Monitor
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Medicaid expansion may help former inmates get treatment
Lori Kersey, The Charleston Gazette
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How Obamacare May Lower the Prison Population More Than Any Reform in a Generation
Elijah Wolfson, Newsweek.com
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Without a Key Obamacare Extension, 7 Million Americans Might Lose Their Health Care
Elijah Wolfson, Newsweek.com
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Federal judge finds medical issues persist in MCSO jails
Megan Cassidy, Arizona Republic
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New Phoenix team tackles recidivism of those with mental illness
Megan Cassidy , Arizona Republic
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Resources from the Conference

FAQ: Affordable Care Act (ACA) impacts the justice-involved population
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Health and Incarceration: A Workshop Summary

Obamacare and Criminal Justice-- New York Developments
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Transitional Care Coordination in New York City Jails: Facilitating Linkages to Care for People with HIV Returning Home from Rikers Island
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Improving Medical Care for Patients With HIV in New York City Jails
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Female sex workers incarcerated in New York City jails: prevalence of sexually transmitted infections and associated risk behaviors
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The Triple Aims of Correctional Health: Patient Safety, Population Health, and Human Rights
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Speaking the Same Language: Criminal Justice, Health Care, and Information Technology
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Increasing Access to Health Insurance Coverage for Pre-trial Detainees
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The Intersection of Public Health and Public Safety in U.S. Jails:
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Medicaid and Criminal Justice: The Need for Cross-System Collaboration Post Health Care Reform
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Realizing the Potential of National Health Care Reform to Reduce Criminal Justice Expenditures
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Game Changer: The Potential of the Affordable Care Act to Improve Public Health, Increase Public Safety, and Save Taxpayer Dollars
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The High Costs of Low Risk: The Crisis of America’s Aging Prison Population
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Conference Audio

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Pnl 1: The ACA's Imprint on Correctional Health Care

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Pnl. 3: Why Correctional Health Care Quality Matters

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Pnl. 6: After Inmates Go Home-And Most of Them Do

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Pnl. 7: Care for Aging, Addicted, Chronically and Mentally Ill Inmates and Detainees

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