Health behind bars

can exploring the history of prison health systems impact future policy?

Kathryn M. Weston*, Louella R. McCarthy, Isobelle Barrett Meyering, Stephen Hampton, Tobias Mackinnon

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

The value of history is, indeed, not scientific but moral … it prepares us to live more humanely in the present, and to meet rather than to foretell, the future - Carl Becker.

Becker's quote reminds us of the importance of revealing and understanding historical practices in order to influence actions in the future. There are compelling reasons for uncovering this history, in particular to better inform government policy makers and health advocates, and to address the impacts of growing community expectations to ‘make the punishment fit the crime’.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)50-52
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Forensic and Legal Medicine
Volume54
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2018
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Australia
  • Healthcare
  • History
  • Justice health
  • Policy
  • Prisoner

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