Criminal justice and health equity
Incarceration in the United States, and all its burdens to families and the community, disproportionately affects lower-income communities, communities of color, and persons with disabilities, compounding preexisting barriers to achieving health equity (Camplain and Baldwin).
Nine million individuals cycle through the United States’ 3,200 jails (facilities that typically house individuals awaiting adjudication or serving sentences each year (Bai et al. 2015), almost triple the rate of incarceration compared to 30 years ago (Bureau of Justice Statistics 2012). Although the United States represents less than 5 percent of the world’s population, of the more than 10.7 million people held in correctional institutions throughout the world, almost 20 percent are in the United States (Walmsley 2018).
For these reasons and many others, the Center for Health Equity Research (CHER) is committed to address health equity issues in the local and national criminal justice system. Our collaborators include the Coconino County Detention Facility, the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council, and the NARBHA Institute. We also recently partnered with the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, specifically with their recent Roundtable on the Promotion of Health Equity entitled, “The Consequences of Juvenile Justice System Involvement on the Health and Well-being of Adolescents, Families and Communities of Color.”
As the United States seeks solutions to improve health equity in the criminal justice system, we must recognize that the jail system is a critical contributor to population health (Camplain and Baldwin).
Bai, Jennifer R., Montina Befus, Dhritiman V. Mukherjee, Franklin D. Lowy, and Elaine L. Larson 2015 Prevalence and Predictors of Chronic Health Conditions of Inmates Newly Admitted to Maximum Security Prisons. Journal of Correctional Health Care 21(3):255-264
Camplain, Ricky and Baldwin, Julie A. (2019) Commentary: The Search for Health Equity among Individuals Incarcerated in Jail. Practicing Anthropology: Fall 2019, Vol. 41, No. 4, pp. 46-48.
Walmsley, Roy 2018 World Prison Population List. 12th ed. London, United Kingdom: Institute for Criminal Policy Research
Criminal Justice Coordinating Council partnership
Since 2016, The Center for Health Equity Research (CHER) has partnered with the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (CJCC) to study the Coconino County juvenile and criminal justice systems, especially in the areas of behavioral health and juvenile justice. The collaboration between CHER and CJCC has helped them with their mission to “identify areas for improvement, and formulate policy, plans, and programs for change,” according to the CJCC website.
The partnership has resulted in more than a half dozen projects that have either been completed or are in progress.
Links to research publications Accordion Closed
Epidemiology of Incarceration for Public Health Research
Camplain, Ricky; Warren, Meghan; Baldwin, Julie A.; Camplain, Carolyn; Fofanov, Viacheslav Y.; Trotter, Robert T. II
Epidemiology: July 2019 – Volume 30 – Issue 4 – p 561–568,
A Survey of Health Disparities, Social Determinants of Health, and Converging Morbidities in a County Jail: A Cultural-Ecological Assessment of Health Conditions in Jail Populations
by Robert T Trotter II, Monica R Lininger, Ricky Camplain, Viacheslav Y Fofanov,Carolyn Camplain and Julie A Baldwin
Health Disparities and Converging Epidemics in Jail Populations: Protocol for a Mixed-Methods Study
Robert T Trotter II, PhD, Ricky Camplain, PhD, Emery R Eaves, PhD, Viacheslav Y Fofanov, PhD, Natalia O Dmitrieva, PhD, Crystal M Hepp, PhD, Meghan Warren, PT, MPH, PhD, Brianna A Barrios, MA, Nicole Pagel, MScEng, Alyssa Mayer, PhD, and Julie A Baldwin, PhD
Organizational and Institutional Compartmentalization as a Barrier to Population Health
Crystal M. Hepp, Viacheslav Y. Fofanov, and Robert T. Trotter II
Commentary: The Search for Health Equity among Individuals Incarcerated in Jail
Ricky Camplain and Julie A. Baldwin
Reflexive Challenges in Community Engaged Research in a County Jail
Emery R. Eaves, Bailey S. Kohlbeck, and Carolyn Camplain
Overcoming Institutional, Scientific, and Cross-disciplinary Barriers for Healthcare and Disease Transmission Research in County Jail Settings: Integrating Genomics, Survey Data, and Biological Data Collection Strategies
Viacheslav Y. Fofanov, Crystal M. Hepp, Jill Hager Cocking, and Robert T. Trotter II