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Study: Health impacts of incarceration, particularly on Women of Color

An article on Oxford University Press’s Academic Insights for the Thinking World (OUPBlog) highlights the results of a research conducted by Kenzie Latham-Mintus, Monica Deck, and Elizabeth Nelson. They studied the long-term health consequences of mass incarceration in the United States.

The study highlights that although men are incarcerated at higher rates, women experience greater negative effects on their physical and mental health. Moreover, the study shows Women of Color are not only affected more because they are more likely to be incarcerated, but they also experience additional depressive symptoms and physical limitations.

The aim of this research was to call attention to the most vulnerable group of people affected by the criminal justice system. It also helps to identify where more resources should be directed. These resources include mental and physical health interventions with formerly incarcerated Women of Color. Ultimately, the authors suggest that decarceration and abolition should be key priorities for public health.

Read more about the results and implications here:

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