Incarceration and Health

Posted: 21 Aug 2015

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Michael Massoglia

University of Wisconsin - Madison - Department of Sociology

William Pridemore

Georgia State University

Date Written: August 2015

Abstract

The expansion of the penal system has been one of the most dramatic trends in contemporary American society. A wealth of research has examined the impact of incarceration on a range of later life outcomes and has considered how the penal system has emerged as a mechanism of stratification and inequality in the United States. In this article, we review the literature from a comparatively new vein of this research: the impact of incarceration on health outcomes. We first consider the impact of incarceration on a range of individual outcomes, from chronic health conditions to mortality. We then consider outcomes beyond the individual, including the health of family members and community health outcomes. Next, we discuss mechanisms linking incarceration and health outcomes before closing with a consideration of limitations in the field and directions for future research.

Suggested Citation

Massoglia, Michael and Pridemore, William, Incarceration and Health (August 2015). Annual Review of Sociology, Vol. 41, pp. 291-310, 2015, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2648099 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1146/annurev-soc-073014-112326

Michael Massoglia (Contact Author)

University of Wisconsin - Madison - Department of Sociology ( email )

Madison, WI 53706
United States

William Pridemore

Georgia State University ( email )

35 Broad Street
Atlanta, GA 30303-3083
United States

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