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February 3, 2021

New Urban Institute briefs on improving prison-related research

Via a helpful email, I learned about two recent topical briefs produced by the Urban Institute's relatively new Prison Research and Innovation Initiative.  I believe both of these briefs are part of broader research agenda for the an initiative that seeks to "leverage research and evidence to shine a much-needed light on prison conditions and pilot strategies to promote the well-being of people who live and work behind bars."  Here are the titles, authors, links and abstracts:

"Conducting Prison Research with a Racial-Equity Frame" by Cassandra Ramdath

Abstract: The history of slavery in America shapes the experience of incarceration for Black people and must therefore inform strategies to remediate institutional harms.  This brief sets forth guiding values and recommendations for grounding prison research in principles of racial equity.  These values are intended to help researchers more accurately capture and measure racial biases, and design and conduct research that can elevate and disrupt systemic biases.

"Using Research to Improve Health and Health Care in US Correctional Facilities" by Alexandra Kurland

Abstract: To implement policies and practices that foster positive health outcomes and fulfill the US government’s constitutional obligation to provide adequate health care to people who are incarcerated, researchers and practitioners must understand their health needs and the nature and quality of the care they receive.  This brief provides an overview of what is known about health and health care in correctional settings and what must be investigated to improve treatment and health outcomes in correctional settings.

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