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Jail Health

Jail Recidivism -- Where we Are:
Jail recidivism and reentry to society is a challenge in every city and county in the United States, where the census in jails has risen relentlessly in recent years. The populations directly affected by this issue include persons who are incarcerated in county jails, those who are periodically released and subsequently re-incarcerated, families of incarcerated persons, and the homeless population. Indirectly society at large is impacted as well. The outcomes of inadequate transition planning can include homelessness, compromise of public safety, suicide, new criminal offenses, and finally, re-incarceration.

Project Description:
Currently, one initiative is underway in Dallas County, Texas, to address reentry challenge.  This project is a working community collaboration with the Texas Health Institute (THI), Dallas County government, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI).

The overarching strategy of the Project is to generate a community-based intervention that addresses this community health problem among those incarcerated in the Dallas County Jail, their families, and those populations in contact with them, the disruption of medical care services for incarcerated persons upon their release, and the high frequency of recidivism, i.e., the failure of successful re-entry to society.

The community-based intervention relies on a collaborative multi-sector approach that represents all sectors of the community that are either at risk or who have responsibility for reducing that risk.  The approach is community-driven and health improvement strategies and actions represent community values and priorities. The project is expected to result in improvement in health disparities and jail recidivism in the identified populations.

Project News:
More information coming soon!!

If you would like more information, please contact Liza Creel at 512-279-3906 or email:
Liza Creel


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