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Incarceration Prevention

America imprisons more people than any other country by a considerable margin. What social conditions create this situation? How can public health understand and address the health effects of mass incarceration?

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Faculty in Incarceration Prevention

Angela Aidala
Associate Research Scientist
Sociomedical Sciences
Alwyn Cohall
Sociomedical Sciences, Population and Family Health, and Pediatrics at the Columbia University Medical Center
Bruce Armstrong
Special Lecturer
Population and Family Health
Diana Hernandez
Assistant Professor
Sociomedical Sciences
Ruth Finkelstein
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Health Policy and Management
George Musa
Assistant Professor of Clinical
Epidemiology (in Psychiatry)
Seth Prins
Assistant Professor
Epidemiology and Sociomedical Sciences
Carole Hutchinson
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Sociomedical Sciences

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Exposure to the criminal justice system increases some of the risk factors used to predict recidivism and re-arrest, according to new research out of Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. For every arrest or conviction an adolescent experienced, their levels of antisocial atti
An event celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Department of Sociomedical Sciences reflected on the past and looked ahead to the future, demonstrating the unique power of the social sciences to address a broad range of health challenges and advance health equity.[[{"fid":"116446","view_mod
The Manhattan District Attorney’s Criminal Justice Investment Initiative has awarded a grant to Alwyn T. Cohall, MD, co-leader of an interdisciplinary team of investigators and community partners, professor of Sociomedical Sciences and Population and Family Health at Columbia University’s Ma

Just Published

Armstrong, B.J., Kalmuss, D., Cushman, L.F., Bjarnadottir, R.I., Holstrom, A., Peters, Z.J. Valera, P., & Cohall, A.T. (2016). Academic Health Center–Community Justice Program Partnerships: Linking Men in the Justice System to Health Care. Progress in Community Health Partnerships. View Abstract

Valera, P., Boyas, J.F., Bernal, C., Briones Chiongbian, V., Chang, Y., & Shelton., R.C. (2016). A Validation of the Group-Based Medical Mistrust Scale in Formerly Incarcerated Black and Latino Men. American Journal of Men’s Health. View abstract

Wallace, S.A., Strike, K.S., Yonnette Marcia Glasgow, Y.M., Lynch, K. & Fullilove, R.E. (2016). 'Other than That, I’m Good': Formerly Incarcerated Young Black Men’s Self-Perceptions of Health Status. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved. View abstract

Cohall, A.T.  (2016). Falling Through the Cracks: Young Adults, Drugs, and Incarceration. American Journal of Public Health. View abstract. 

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