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Int J Law Psychiatry. 2011 Jul-Aug;34(4):295-302. doi: 10.1016/j.ijlp.2011.07.009. Epub 2011 Jul 27.

Education, empowerment and community based structural reinforcement: an HIV prevention response to mass incarceration and removal.

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  • 1School of Social Policy and Practice, University of Pennsylvania, 3815 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA. jeffdraine@gmail.com

Abstract

In the context of US urban jails, incarceration is often seen as an opportune intervention point for prevention interventions in public health. For the detained individual, it is an opportunity to reflect on individual choices and the potential for changes in one's life course. For population focused public health professionals, jail detention facilities represent a concentration of health risks, and an opportunity to have an impact on a significant portion of those at risk for HIV and other health concerns. This paper presents an innovative education and empowerment model that bridges across jail walls, beginning on the inside, and continuing on the outside of jail where individuals continue to be challenged and supported toward positive health and social choices. The intervention also seeks to foment community activism in the communities to which jail detainees return, thus aiming to have a structural impact. This paper examines both the intervention model and the challenges of examining the effectiveness claims for the intervention at multiple levels.

Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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PMC3171601
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