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Chronically Ill Inmates
Chronically ill inmates
Elizabeth C.Dretsch
History of Medical Care in U.S. Prisons

Until the 1970s there was an absence of national data concerning the number of correctional institutions that provided medical facilities, treatment or services to their inmates. It was assumed most did not provide such services. What little we do know about the type and amount of health care services that existed during this time period is limited to state studies or evidence presented in court cases (National Commission on Correctional Health Care [NCCHC], 2001). Until the 1970s there were also no formal intake procedures used to assess the health status of incoming prisoners. It was merely assumed, based on theoretical correlations between criminal activity, poverty, and poor health overall, that those individuals coming ...

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