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The Effects of Incarceration on the Health of Individuals, Families, and Communities

Award Year: 2009 Investigator: Jason Schnittker, Chris Uggen
State and federal correctional facilities in the United States house over 2 million people, more than all other nations, and release nearly 650,000 inmates each year. What effect does incarceration have on the health and health care of current and former inmates, and what role does it play in health disparities, since black Americans are incarcerated at much higher rates than whites?