Poor Health and Victimization in U.S. Jails (2)

Poor Health and Victimization in U.S. Jails

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Health conditions and victimization among incarcerated individuals in U.S. jails – ScienceDirectIn the above paper, the researchers have researched the health conditions and the victimization among inmates in American jails. The method used was a cross-sectional one to assess the conditions of 3650 jail inmates and look into their health conditions compared to the general public outside of jails. They also looked into victimization and how this affects the inmates negatively to a very great extent. The results were that the inmates have failing health compared to the general public in the outer sector. One of the contributing factors towards victimization is having a physical disability or mental illness. The research acknowledges that few people can look after those who go in there

within the prison system.

The victimization and failing health result from interaction with the criminals who victimize the newly brought inmates. For example, if a person gets in there and their belongings are stolen, they do not have a place or a person to report to. They are likely to suffer to a great extent. Their health also gets into danger if, for example, what is stolen is something like their beddings. Their findings state a very close relation between victimization and poor health conditions of the inmates. Their research also found out that a particular type of individuals are taken advantage of when they get into jails, including chronic illness, severe mental illness, anxiety disorder, disability, and chronic physical illness. This research implies that most of the people involved will take their work seriously and make sure that jails and prisons are correctional facilities and not places where individuals are exposed to diseases and victimization.


Grosholz, J. M., & Semenza, D. C. (2021). Health conditions and victimization among incarcerated individuals in U.S. jails. Journal of Criminal Justice, 101797.