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Complex needs in justice-involved populations

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Edited by
Stuart Kinner, Centre for Adolescent Health, Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, Australia

The Editors of Health & Justice are proud to launch a new special issue of the journal, exploring the complex health and social needs of justice-involved populations. People who cycle through the criminal justice system are characterised by a high prevalence of health-related problems such as substance dependence, mental disorder, infectious and chronic disease, and intellectual disability. These problems are typically set against a backdrop of extreme social disadvantage; they often co-occur and sometimes interact in a 'syndemic' fashion. However, despite a large and growing literature on the health of justice-involved populations, comparatively few papers have considered the co-occurrence of these needs, or the implications of this complexity for policy or service responses.

Full-length empirical papers, systematic reviews and brief reports are considered. Both adults and young people in the juvenile justice system are in scope.

​​​​​​​Pic by NY - http://nyphotographic.com/ under CC BY-SA 3.0


  1. Research Article

    The continuum of hepatitis C care for criminal justice involved adults in the DAA era: a retrospective cohort study demonstrating limited treatment uptake and inconsistent linkage to community-based care

    Incarcerated populations are disproportionately burdened by hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection. The introduction of highly-effective, direct-acting antiviral (DAA) treatment has potential to substantially reduc...

    Karli R. Hochstatter, Lauren J. Stockman, Ryan Holzmacher, James Greer, David W. Seal, Quinton A. Taylor, Emma K. Gill and Ryan P. Westergaard

    Health & Justice 2017 5:10

    Published on: 30 October 2017

  2. Research Article

    Manifestations of HIV stigma and their impact on retention in care for people transitioning from prisons to communities

    While most people living with HIV who are incarcerated in United States receive appropriate HIV care while they are in prison, interruptions in antiretroviral therapy and virologic failure are extremely common...

    Rebecca Kemnitz, Theresa C. Kuehl, Karli R. Hochstatter, Emily Barker, Anna Corey, Elizabeth A. Jacobs, Michael D. Repplinger, William J. Ehlenbach, David W. Seal, James M. Sosman and Ryan P. Westergaard

    Health & Justice 2017 5:7

    Published on: 6 June 2017