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  • Mon, September 18, 2017 5:04 PM | Marsha (Administrator)

    Medical care for inmates can be costly. But the county has found a way to reduce those costs by having medical staff come to the Dubois County Security Center.

    A registered nurse from the Dubois County Health Department visits the center about three times a week to check on inmates, review their medicines and check their medical problems. read more here....


  • Mon, September 18, 2017 12:14 PM | Marsha (Administrator)

    Link to NEJM article Gabapentin and Pregabalin for Pain — Is Increased Prescribing a Cause for Concern?

    Christopher W. Goodman, M.D., and Allan S. Brett, M.D.

    N Engl J Med 2017; 377:411-414August 3, 2017DOI: 10.1056/NEJMp1704633


  • Wed, March 22, 2017 6:32 PM | Marsha (Administrator)

    How to Deal with Psychopaths (Podcast Episode 118)

    Posted: 03 May 2016 08:00 AM PDT

    Pratap Narayan, MD, a forensic psychiatrist with extensive experience in the criminal justice system joins Lorry in this episode to talk about dealing with psychopathic patients. He currently lives and works in California. Originally from India, Dr. Narayan migrated to the US early in his career and completed fellowships in Forensic Psychiatry and Psychiatric Research. […]

    The post How to Deal with Psychopaths (Podcast Episode 118) appeared first on Correctional Nurse . Net.

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  • Tue, March 07, 2017 5:34 PM | Marsha (Administrator)

    Correctional Nurse . Net  Inspiring compassionate professional nursing in the criminal justice system

    The first person who becomes a new member through our new statepen.org website will receive one of Lorry's books ! 

    If you haven't heard about Lorry Schoenly PhD and her excellent blog for correctional nursing, you are in for a real treat. I love to be current with what is happening in correctional health care. I can think of no better start to this blog than this post!

    Ten Reasons Correctional Nursing May Not Be Right for You


  • Mon, March 06, 2017 8:03 PM | Marsha (Administrator)

    Laura M. Maruschak, Bureau of Justice Statistics, Marcus Berzofsky, Dr.P.H., Jennifer Unangst, RTI International

    February 5, 2015    NCJ 248491

    Presents the prevalence of medical problems among state and federal prisoners and jail inmates, highlighting differences in rates of chronic conditions and infectious diseases by demographic characteristic. The report describes health care services and treatment received by prisoners and jail inmates with health problems, including doctor's visits, use of prescription medication, and other types of treatment. It also explains reasons why inmates with health problems were not receiving care and describes inmate satisfaction with health services received while incarcerated. Data were from the 2011–12 National Inmate Survey.

    Highlights:

    • In 2011–12, an estimated 40% of state and federal prisoners and jail inmates reported having a current chronic medical condition while about half reported ever having a chronic medical condition.
    • Twenty-one percent of prisoners and 14% of jail inmates reported ever having tuberculosis, hepatitis B or C, or other STDs (excluding HIV or AIDS).
    • Both prisoners and jail inmates were more likely than the general population to report ever having a chronic condition or infectious disease. The same finding held true for each specific condition or infectious disease.
    • Among prisoners and jail inmates, females were more likely than males to report ever having a chronic condition.
    • High blood pressure was the most common chronic condition reported by prisoners (30%) and jail inmates (26%).
    • About 66% of prisoners and 40% of jail inmates with a chronic condition at the time of interview reported taking prescription medication.
    • More than half of prisoners (56%) and jail inmates (51%) said that they were either very satisfied or somewhat satisfied with the health care services received since admission.

    read the article on the BoJ webiste

  • Mon, March 06, 2017 7:00 PM | Marsha (Administrator)

    The American prison system is unlike any other in the world. It’s sprawling, expensive and largely ineffective at reducing crime or rehabilitating offenders. But in recent years, politicians and citizens alike have grown weary of the “tough on crime” policies that inflated the nation’s inmate population and made the U.S. the world’s leading jailer. Now they’re calling for reform.


    The Criminal Justice System’s Disproportionate Impact

    The report cites a large body of research from multiple disciplines — economics, sociology, psychology and criminology — that has found that for similar offenses, blacks and Hispanics face a higher likelihood of arrest and conviction than whites, as well as harsher penalties. And even though blacks and Hispanics are no more likely to be found in possession of illegal goods, they are more likely to be stopped and searched by police — which in turn increases arrest rates.

    Researchers also found that black defendants are 24 percent more likely to be convicted if their trial has a jury chosen from an all-white pool of jurors and that prosecutors are 75 percent more likely to charge black defendants with offenses that carry mandatory minimums. And if convicted, black defendants regularly receive longer sentences than whites for similar crimes. These trends mean minorities are more likely than white defendants to have an existing criminal record when they are charged with a new crime, which increases severity of punishment.

    WHITEHOUSE.GOV has removed this report, some of it captured here and here

  • Mon, March 06, 2017 6:54 PM | Marsha (Administrator)

    2017-18 Budget News
    SENATE BUDGET COMMITTEE HEARING

    The Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee held a hearing this week on correctional spending and population trends, recent reforms, and benefits of prison rehabilitative programming. The agenda for the hearing – The State of Corrections: An Update on Recent Trends – and background materials prepared by committee staff are available here. At the outset of the hearing, Senator Jim Nielsen, the committee’s vice chair, raised concerns that the hearing did not feature the perspectives of police chiefs, sheriffs, district attorneys, or victims.


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