The Barriers to Reentering Society after Prison
BY AMNA NAWAZ
Every year about 600,000 people are released from state and federal prisons. As part of our "Searching for Justice" series, Amna Nawaz spoke with formerly incarcerated people about the difficulties older men and women face after decades behind bars.
Novel Healthcare Program for Former Prisoners Reduces Recidivism
A healthcare program tailored to the needs of recently released prisoners can significantly reduce recidivism, according to a new study led by a Yale researcher. The findings show how an approach that provides community-based primary care can play a role in the nationwide effort to decrease prison populations.
Prison And Jail Reentry And Health
BY EBONY RUSS ET AL
People reentering communities after incarceration are sicker than the general population and face barriers to accessing health care and other supports. Along with criminal justice reform, policymakers must work to improve evidence-based reentry programming that supports healthy people and communities.
Clinic Works to Include Ex-Inmates in Health Care’s Embrace
By APRIL DEMBOSKY
The inadequacy of prison health care in California was one reason for the federal court decisions that will reduce the prison population by 40,000 inmates, starting this year.
Obamacare Is a Powerful New Crime-Fighting Tool
by Vince Beiser
An astonishing two-thirds of the 730,000 prisoners released each year have substance abuse or mental health problems. But no one has been willing to pay for their treatment—until now.
Health Care Can Be Key To A Better Life For Former Inmates
by APRIL DEMBOSKY
A San Francisco law now permits the sheriff's department to enroll inmates in health insurance policies under the Affordable Care Act — policies designed to cover medical care after a prisoner's release.
Cooking Class Shows Ex-Cons How to Shop and Cook on a Budget
By April Dembosky
The chef has thrown down the challenge. There are five teams, ten people each, that must make their own version of veggie chili. Juanita Alvarado stirs the secret ingredient into the pot for Team 1.
Ron Sanders: Standing between parolees and prison
by Bernice Yeung
Ron Sanders: Standing between parolees and prison Ron Sanders, a former prisoner, does just about everything possible at Transitions Clinic to prevent justice’s revolving door from claiming another
Obamacare for ex-inmates: Is health insurance an antidote to crime?
By Cara Tabachnick
Some jails and prisons are pushing to sign up exiting inmates for Medicaid, courtesy of Obamacare. The idea is that if ex-prisoners receive regular health care on the outside, fewer will reoffend.