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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
Associate 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

News & Features

The United States has the greatest number of incarcerated people in the world, with disproportionally high numbers of people of color behind bars. It shouldn’t be surprising then that rates of COVID-19, already high in the U.S., are even higher in jails and prisons. So far, however, the avai
An analysis of U.S. county-level data found a strong association between jail incarceration and death rates from infectious diseases, chronic lower respiratory disease, drug use, and suicide, in a new study by Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. The researchers found this wa
New research by Morgan Philbin, PhD, at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health and colleagues looks at why Black young men who have sex with men (YMSM) are disproportionately subject to high rates of arrest and incarceration. They find that perceived racial discrimination, sexua

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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