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AIDS Educ Prev. 2002 Oct;14(5 Suppl B):114-23.

Building an HIV continuum for inmates: New York State's criminal justice initiative.

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Division of HIV Prevention, AIDS Institute, New York State Department of Health, Albany 12237-0684, USA. sjk06@health.state.ny.us

Abstract

The benefits of public health, corrections, and community-based organization (CBO) collaboration to meet HIV prevention needs of inmates are recognized. Each year over 100,000 inmates, most of whom have a history that put them at HIV risk, pass through the New York State (NYS) prison system. The NYS Department of Health AIDS Institute, the NYS Department of Correctional Services, the NYS Division of Parole, and a statewide network of CBOs collaborate to meet HIV prevention and support services needs of inmates and parolees through a continuum of interventions and services. This article describes the evolution of the prevention, supportive services, and transitional planning continuum within the NYS prison system. It identifies other agencies involved, obstacles to service delivery, describes approaches to overcome them, discusses ways to meet capacity building and technical assistance needs of CBOs, identifies challenges remaining, and provides practical advice from actual experience in NYS.

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