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NCJ Number: 156285 Find in a Library
Title: National Commission on Correctional Health Care Position Statement: Correctional Health Care and the Prevention of Violence
Journal: Journal of Correctional Health Care  Volume:2  Issue:1  Dated:(Spring 1995)  Pages:71-74
Corporate Author: National Commisson on Correctional Health Care
United States of America
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 4
Sponsoring Agency: National Commisson on Correctional Health Care
Chicago, IL 60614
Type: Legislation/Policy Description
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Underlying this position statement on the prevention of violence in correctional settings is the principle that standards for correctional health services should be the basis for violence prevention, treatment, and education in correctional settings.
Abstract: Correctional health services should incorporate violence risk-assessment into the screening of all inmates upon intake, all inmate health assessments, and mental health evaluations. Further, correctional health services should refer as appropriate all inmates with violent histories to treatment by appropriately trained health care providers. Treatment should consist not only of medication but also a balanced biopsychosocial approach. Protocols and guidelines for violence prevention, intervention, and followup should be developed for use by qualified health professionals who are treating inmates. Training should include information on policies and practices designed to prevent violent, nonphysical methods for preventing and controlling disruptive behaviors, appropriate use of medical restraints, and effective techniques for personal safety. Correctional officer training should include techniques for preventing expressive violence and nonphysical methods for preventing or controlling disruptive behavior that stems from expressive violence. All correctional facilities should establish contacts with community- based organizations that can assist in the treatment and continuity of care upon an inmate's release. 3 references
Main Term(s): Corrections policies
Index Term(s): Inmate health care; Violence prevention; Violent inmates
Note: Adopted by the National Commission on Correctional Health Care's Board of Directors, September 19, 1993, and last amended April 10, 1994.
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