On Life Support: Public Health in the Age of Mass Incarceration, David Cloud, Vera Institute of Justice, 2014

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This report describes the public health implications of mass incarceration. It summarizes what is known about the burden of disease among people who experience incarceration, identifies the conditions of confinement that are deleterious for health, and discusses the various ways in which the continuous expansion of the criminal justice system has contributed to health disparities over the past 40 years.

On Life Support: Public Health in the Age of Mass Incarceration is the first in a series of publications released by the Vera Institute of Justice to inform policymakers on opportunities created by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to enhance public safety and reform sentencing and corrections practices by advancing public health.