Effects Of Incarceration On Physical Health

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Incarceration and women’s physical health. Pre-incarceration health risks, including addiction, trauma, and mental illness, contribute to incarcerated women’s poor physical health. Data support that incarcerated women bear a disproportionate burden of illness, women having higher rates of physical health problems than non-incarcerated women as well as incarcerated men Findings from the Survey of Inmates in State and Federal Correctional Facilities, 2004, suggested that just over half (57%; n = 46,300) of women incarcerated in state prisons reported a current medical problem, such as arthritis (25%), asthma (19%), hypertension (17%), and hepatitis (10%).About 12% described having surgery since being incarcerated, and almost half (49%) described

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