Juvenile Corrections and Public Health Collaborations: Opportunities for Improved Health Outcomes

  • Michelle Staples-Horne
  • Kaiyti Duffy
  • Michele T. Rorie

Most juveniles behind bars move in and out of facilities with short lengths of stay. Relatively few have longer sentences for more serious crimes; they all return to the community. In 2003, law enforcement agencies reported 2.2 million arrests of persons under age 18 (Snyder & Sickmund, 2006). The most serious charges in almost half of all juvenile arrests were for larceny-theft, simple assault, drugs, disorderly conduct, or liquor law violations (Snyder & Sickmund, 2006). The brevity and frequency of these contacts with correctional institutions create challenges and opportunities for health promotion and intervention during incarceration and in preparation for reentry. As the character of juvenile populations varies by region, the services must be customized to the developmental, cultural, and linguistic needs of the local inmate population. To do this, it is essential to understand the background of these young men and women, where they come from, and what circumstances contributed to their incarceration.


Risky Sexual Behavior Juvenile Justice Emergency Contraception Juvenile Offender Juvenile Justice System 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michelle Staples-Horne
    • 1
  • Kaiyti Duffy
    • 2
  • Michele T. Rorie
    • 3
  1. 1.Georgia Department of Juvenile JusticeOffice of Health ServicesDecaturUSA
  2. 2.Physicians for Reproductive Choice and Health®New YorkUSA
  3. 3.Department of Community Health and Preventive MedicineMorehouse School of MedicineEast PointUSA

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