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September 18, 1987

Standards for Health Services in Prison

JAMA. 1987;258(11):1537. doi:10.1001/jama.1987.03400110119041
Abstract

Standards for Health Services in Jails, by National Commission on Correctional Health Care, 81 pp, $15, Chicago, National Commission on Correctional Health Care, 1986.  At a time when, by popular demand, the prison population has grown logarithmically, concurrent with an equal and opposite resistance to funding public institutions, it is mandatory in the name of a just society that standards be established for health services in penal institutions. In 1979, the American Medical Association developed such standards, which have been utilized by many county and state medical associations to upgrade medical care in prisons and jails and to assist their compliance with court orders. Standards for Health Services in Prisons and Standards for Health Services in Jails are a revision of the initial 1979 document. The two volumes represent a broad spectrum of professional input and consensus, not only of physicians and dentists but of other health disciplines, including the

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