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NCJ Number: 202807 Find in a Library
Title: Shared Responsibilities of Corrections and Public Health
Journal: Corrections Today  Volume:65  Issue:6  Dated:October 2003  Pages:64,71
Author(s): Rebecca Craig; Joni G. York
Date Published: October 2003
Page Count: 3
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article highlights the importance of good working relationships among correctional administrators and public health staff.
Abstract: Communicable diseases move freely between the locked and free communities, and during the last 15 years, the issue of communicable diseases has increasingly impacted the operations of correctional facilities. This article discusses the ways in which both correctional and public health administrators have an obligation to protect the public from communicable diseases, and indicates that correctional facilities provide public health departments with an ideal opportunity to find and treat individuals with sexually transmitted diseases who would not normally seek out public health clinics. Open communications and the development of mutual respect between corrections personnel and public health administrators is vital to combating communicable disease. Administrators of both public health agencies and correctional facilities have a responsibility and duty to protect the offender population as well as the larger community from diseases.
Main Term(s): Correctional facilities; Public Health Service
Index Term(s): AIDS/HIV in correctional facilities; Communicable diseases; Correctional facilities; Diseases; Relations; Sexually transmitted diseases
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