Overview and Inventory of HHS Efforts to Assist Incarcerated and Reentering Individuals and their Families . Health Care Needs


No ongoing data collection system exists to provide information on the health status of prisoners leaving prison or jail. Data are available, although not always systematically, on the health of individuals while they are incarcerated, and one can assume that these health conditions are similarly found in the population of prisoners that are released to the community. However, differences in the health status and access to care may exist between individuals leaving prison and those who cycle in and out of jail. This brief review provides information on both of these populations.

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