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NCJ Number: 185139 Find in a Library
Title: Six Dollars-Per-Day Solution: Good Health Care is Good Public Safety
Journal: Corrections Technology and Management  Volume:4  Issue:5  Dated:September/October 2000  Pages:54-57
Author(s): Terry Hegarty
Date Published: 2000
Page Count: 4
Type: Program/Project Description
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article describes the health care services at the Hampden County Correctional Center (HCCC), located near Springfield, Mass., which has been recognized across the country as innovative and a model for other facilities.
Abstract: HCCC, a medium-security facility, houses more than 1,700 inmates and sees approximately 10,000 people cycle through each year. The HCCC staff and health care providers from the community provide comprehensive medical care to inmates. The program is considered innovative partly because it invites health care providers from outside the facility to serve the inmates while they are incarcerated and after they are released. The program provides early detection, prevention through education, effective medical and psychological treatment, and continuing care. After their release, former inmates will have appointments with the same doctor and caseworker they saw in the jail. Effective management has resulted in the program being cost-effective, with the cost running approximately $6 per inmate per day. This compares favorably with the average $10-$12 per inmate per day in most facilities. This type of program is well worth the investment by taxpayers, since it increases public safety by decreasing the incidence and prevalence of disease in the community.
Main Term(s): Corrections management
Index Term(s): Inmate health; Inmate health care; Jail management; Jails; Massachusetts; Public Health Service
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