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Title: NATIONAL CONFERENCE ON IMPROVED MEDICAL CARE AND HEALTH SERVICES IN JAILS - PROCEEDINGS, FIRST
Author(s): ANON
Corporate Author: American Medical Assoc
Publishing Operation Division
United States of America
Date Published: 1977
Page Count: 86
Sponsoring Agency: American Medical Assoc
Chicago, IL 60610
US Dept of Justice
Washington, DC 20531
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: PAPERS DELIVERED AT THE CONFERENCE ADDRESS THREE BROAD TOPICS: THE NEED FOR MEDICAL AND HEALTH STANDARDS, PRACTICAL IMPLEMENTATION STEPS TO CHANGE HEALTH CARE IN JAILS, AND THE IMPACT OF THE ONGOING STANDARDS PROJECT.
Abstract: THE KEYNOTE SPEECH ARGUES FOR THE INTERVENTION OF COURTS IN ORDER TO ENSURE THE BASIC RIGHTS OF PRISONERS, CITING THE CONSTITUTIONAL PRINCIPLES OF THE ESTABLISHMENT OF JUSTICE AND THE GOVERNMENT'S OBLIGATION TO THE GENERAL WELFARE, WITH DUE REGARD FOR HUMAN RIGHTS. ANOTHER SPEECH, PRESENTING THE POINT OF VIEW OF THE OMBUDSMAN AND THE INMATE, ADVOCATES UNIFIED HEALTH STANDARDS IN THE JAILS IN ORDER TO MINIMIZE SUCH PROBLEMS AS PROLIFERATION OF DISEASE, INCREASED INMATE HOSTILITY AND TENSION, AND COURT SUITS. THE DELIVERY OF MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES TO INMATES IS ANOTHER AREA WHERE INTERVENTION IS NEEDED. CHANGING EXISTING JAIL HEALTH CARE SYSTEMS REQUIRES TEAMWORK, COOPERATION, VOLUNTEERISM, AND PRACTICAL PROCEDURES DEVELOPMENT. PEOPLE INVOLVED IN THE JAIL HEALTH PROJECTS SHOULD COOPERATE WITH THE TRADITIONAL JAIL STAFF, WORK TOGETHER, RECEIVE PROPER RECOGNITION FOR THEIR WORK, REINFORCEMENT FROM THE PROFESSIONALS INVOLVED, AND THE APPROPRIATE PAY. MEDICOLEGAL ISSUES OF A SPECIFIC INMATE'S SUIT WHICH RESULTED IN OVERALL IMPROVEMENT OF JAIL CONDITIONS ARE REVIEWED FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF THE PHYSICIAN, THE EXPERT MEDICAL WITNESS, AND THE LAWYER. REPORTS FROM THE FIELD ASSESSING THE IMPACT OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION'S JAIL PROJECT ARE PRESENTED FROM THE VIEWPOINTS OF THE SHERIFF, THE PHYSICIAN, AND THE NURSE. IMPLEMENTATION OF JAIL HEALTH STANDARDS AND SOLUTIONS IS DISCUSSED BY AN URBAN JAIL PHYSICIAN, A COUNTY COMMISSIONER, AND A SHERIFF. REFERENCES ARE INCLUDED WITH INDIVIDUAL PAPERS. (MRK)
Index Term(s): American Medical Association (AMA); Jails; Medical and dental services; Medicolegal considerations; Prisoner's rights; Psychiatric services; Right to treatment; Standards
Note: CONFERENCE HELD AT THE MARC PLAZA HOTEL, MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN, AUGUST 21-22, 1977
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