Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved volume 21, issue 2, P649-665 2010 DOI: 10.1353/hpu.0.0287 View full text
Anita Smith Hawkins, Anne Marie O'Keefe, Xanthia James

Abstract: The U.S. has the highest rate of incarceration in the world, releasing 12 million ex-offenders each year. These ex-offenders are disproportionately male, Black, poor, under-educated, and unhealthy, and return to our nation's poorest neighborhoods. Through a survey questionnaire and focus groups, this study examined the health status, health needs, access to and utilization of health care services among a sample of ex-offenders living in transitional housing in Baltimore City. More than half reported at least t…

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