Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorJonathan D.EldredgeMLS, PhD, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media
Assembling a textbook on correctional medicine seems a daunting task. In the United States millions of individuals are incarcerated in pretrial detention centers, jails, and prisons. Compared with the general population, they have higher rates of mental illness, substance abuse, tuberculosis, HIV infection, and sexually transmitted diseases and an equal or greater prevalence of chronic diseases such as asthma and hypertension. Inmates arrive at correctional facilities without medical records or medications and often without previous medical care. Health care services within the jail or prison must conform to the institutional priorities of security, control, and punishment.
Correctional MedicineClinical Practice in Correctional Medicine. JAMA. 1999;281(16):1546-1547. doi:10.1001/jama.281.16.1546-JBK0428-2-1