The Social Determinants of Health and Justice and the Aging in Prison Crisis: A Call for Human Rights Action
Tina Maschi and Ronald H. Aday
Published: April 14, 2014
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The rapid growth of the incarceration of aging people in prison across the globe is
particularly problematic in the United States, which has the largest incarceration rate per capita.
This papers examines the aging in prison crisis through the lens of the social determinants of
health, well-being, and justice. Case studies and promising practices are reviewed to assist in a
coordinated human rights based response to address the aging in prison crisis at the grassroots,
national, and international levels.
Keywords: human rights, incarceration, prison, aging, the rights of older persons, social
determinants of health
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Bridging community and prison for older adults: invoking human rights and elder and intergenerational family justice (article downloadable below)
|Title:||Bridging community and prison for older adults: invoking human rights and elder and intergenerational family justice|
|Author(s):||Tina Maschi, (Associate Professor, based at Graduate School of Social Service, Fordham University, New York, New York, USA), Deborah Viola, (Associate Professor and the Director, based at Department of Health Policy & Management, New York Medical College, Valhalla, New York, USA), Mary T. Harrison, (Correctional Psychologist based at True Grit Program, Nevada Department of Corrections, Reno, Nevada, USA), William Harrison, (True Grit Program, Nevada Department of Corrections, Reno, Nevada, USA), Lindsay Koskinen, (Doctoral Student, based at Graduate School of Social Service, Fordham University, New York, New York, USA), Stephanie Bellusa, (True Grit Program, Nevada Department of Corrections, Reno, Nevada, USA)|
|Citation:||Tina Maschi, Deborah Viola, Mary T. Harrison, William Harrison, Lindsay Koskinen, Stephanie Bellusa, (2014) "Bridging community and prison for older adults: invoking human rights and elder and intergenerational family justice", International Journal of Prisoner Health, Vol. 10 Iss: 1, pp.55 - 73|
|Keywords:||Ageing in prison, Correctional health care, Criminal justice system, Elder justice, Elderly and prison, Human rights, Post-release care, Prison, Social justice|
|Article type:||Research paper|
|DOI:||10.1108/IJPH-04-2013-0017 (Permanent URL)|
|Publisher:||Emerald Group Publishing Limited|
|Acknowledgements:||The study was funded by the John A. Hartford Foundation and the Gerontological Society of America for a Geriatric Social Work Faculty Scholars Award (Principal Investigator: Dr Tina Maschi).|
Purpose – Older adults in prison present a significant health and human rights challenge for the criminal justice system. To date, there is no known study that provides a comprehensive examination or portrait of older persons in prison. The purpose of this paper is to understand individual, family, system, and community vulnerabilities that can complicate successful community reintegration for these individuals.
Design/methodology/approach – This study provides a cross-sectional, descriptive analysis of biopsychosocial, spiritual, and prison use characteristics associated with a sample of 677 incarcerated adults, aged 50+, in a state-wide prison system.
Findings – Results indicate the extent of diversity within this population based on demographic, clinical, social, legal profiles, prison service use patterns, and professional and personal contacts.
Research limitations/implications – Due to the diversity within this population, an interdisciplinary approach is needed to address the complex social and health care needs of an aging prison population and to plan for their reentry.
Practical implications – These findings suggest the need for holistic prevention, assessment, and interventions to interrupt the social-structural disparities that foster and support pathways to incarceration and recidivism.
Originality/value – The human rights implications for the current treatment of older adults in prison include providing in-prison treatment that promotes safety, well-being, reconciliation, and seamless bridges between prison and community for older adults and their families. The True Grit Program is presented as an example of a humanistic and holistic approach of such an approach.
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