Exploring Health Reform and Criminal Justice
Rethinking the Connection between Jails and Community Health

Senator Stabenow

On November 17, 2010, COCHS with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation held Exploring Health Reform and Criminal Justice: Rethinking the Connection between Jails and Community Health. The conferenced focused attention on the potential opportunities that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) may create for communities to better serve the physical and behavioral health care needs of childless adults who will be newly eligible for Medicaid in 2014 and its impact of people cycling through the criminal justice system. The keynote speaker for the conference was former United States Assistant Attorney General, Laurie Robison.

Conference Issue Papers
Medicaid and Criminal Justice: The Need for Cross-System Collaboration Post Health Care Reform
Center for Health Care Strategies
Among the 16 million people who became eligible for Medicaid in 2014 by virtue of incomes at or below 133 percent of the federal poverty level, many have untreated mental illnesses and substance abuse that predispose them to repeat arrests.
The Intersection of Public Health and Public Safety in U.S. Jails: Implications and Opportunities of Federal Health Care Reform
Rutgers School of Criminal Justice
A discussion of the implications and opportunities of healthcare reform for jails from a public health perspective, beginning with an overview of U.S. jails and the characteristics of jail detainees.
Realizing the Potential of National Health Care Reform to Reduce Criminal Justice Expenditures and Recidivism Among Jail Populations
Center for Health and Justice at TASC
As the front door to the criminal justice system, jails represent one of the largest catchment areas for people with substance use and mental health conditions,infectious diseases and other chronic health problems.
Increasing Access to Health Insurance Coverage for Pre-trial Detainees and Individuals Transitioning from Correctional Facilities Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
American Bar Association
Offenders have a right to health care under the Eighth Amendment to the United States Constitution. Although pre-trial detainees are not guaranteed this same Eighth Amendment protection, the U.S. Supreme Court has extended a similar right to them.