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Guest editorial Cyrus Ahalt and Brie Williams Amassing the evidence for a health-first approach to criminal justice reform Cyrus Ahalt is based at the University of California, Across much of the world, nations are reconciling the unintended consequences of a San Francisco, San Francisco, decades-long trend in criminal justice that has greatly expanded the reach of the penal state by California, USA. criminalizing behaviors arising out of treatable medical conditions and favoring punishment – and Brie Williams is a Professor at often severe punishment – over rehabilitation as the primary product of justice. In view the University of California, of that recent history, criminal justice reform has emerged in many jurisdictions and San Francisco, San Francisco, nations – alongside climate change and poverty reduction – as a critical consensus priority California, USA. area for the twenty-first century. As these reform efforts mature, there is an increasing – and increasingly important – acknowledgment of the central role that health plays in criminal justice systems. Too often, as with substance use disorders and mental illness, untreated health conditions are at the root of criminal justice involvement. Too often, as with under-resourced correctional health agencies and the widespread use of long-term solitary confinement, criminal http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Journal of Prisoner Health Emerald Publishing

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © Emerald Group Publishing Limited
ISSN
1744-9200
DOI
10.1108/IJPH-01-2017-0002
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28299965
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Abstract

Cyrus Ahalt and Brie Williams Amassing the evidence for a health-first approach to criminal justice reform Cyrus Ahalt is based at the University of California, Across much of the world, nations are reconciling the unintended consequences of a San Francisco, San Francisco, decades-long trend in criminal justice that has greatly expanded the reach of the penal state by California, USA. criminalizing behaviors arising out of treatable medical conditions and favoring punishment – and Brie Williams is a Professor at often severe punishment – over rehabilitation as the primary product of justice. In view the University of California, of that recent history, criminal justice reform has emerged in many jurisdictions and San Francisco, San Francisco, nations – alongside climate change and poverty reduction – as a critical consensus priority California, USA. area for the twenty-first century. As these reform efforts mature, there is an increasing – and increasingly important – acknowledgment of the central role that health plays in criminal justice systems. Too often, as with substance use disorders and mental illness, untreated health conditions are at the root of criminal justice involvement. Too often, as with under-resourced correctional health agencies and the widespread use of long-term solitary confinement, criminal

Journal

International Journal of Prisoner HealthEmerald Publishing

Published: Mar 13, 2017

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