Reviewed by: Cheryl LaGuardia, Research Librarian, Widener Library, Harvard University
The aim of Health & Justice is to “present original experimental research on the area of health and well-being of people involved in the adult or juvenile justice system, including people who work in the system…, [along with] meta-analysis or systematic reviews in the area of health and justice for those involved in the justice system.” The editors also aim to “provide an arena to present new and upcoming scientific issues, present translational science—the movement of scientific findings into practice including programs, procedures, or strategies, present implementation science findings to advance the uptake and use of evidence-based practices, and present protocols and clinical practice guidelines.” They hope to reach a broad base of readers and contributors, including “researchers across many disciplines as well as justice practitioners (e.g. judges, prosecutors, defenders, probation officers, treatment providers, mental health and medical personnel working with justice-involved individuals, etc.).” Submissions are encouraged from researchers working in anthropology, biology, criminology and criminal justice, medical science, neuroscience, psychology and clinical sciences, public health, sociology and across the social sciences. The journal publishes “original research, research notes, commentaries, and translational notes (possible ways of introducing innovations in the justice system).”
The home page gives you ready access to Recent and Most Accessed articles via two tabs. Alternately, you can enter the Articles database from another tab, and from there view articles last in, first out, or search the database by keyword or by citation. You can search all four of the volumes published at once or search individual volumes.
Recent research articles include: “From trauma to incarceration: exploring the trajectory in a qualitative study in male prison inmates from north Queensland, Australia,” “Associations between past trauma, current social support, and loneliness in incarcerated populations,” “From punishment to treatment: a providers’ perspective on the implementation of 2009 Rockefeller Drug Law reforms in New York,” and “Effect of social relationships on antiretroviral medication adherence for people living with HIV and substance use disorders and transitioning from prison.” There are also short reports to be found here, such as, “The promise of healthcare reform in transforming services for jail releasees and other criminal justice populations” and “Bridging the gap between health and justice.” An especially interesting type of paper in Health and Justice is the study protocol, offering guidance to other researchers working in the field. These include such papers as, “A cluster randomized trial of an organizational process improvement intervention for improving the assessment and case planning of offenders” and “General considerations for research with vulnerable populations: ten lessons for success.”
The material here is often written by those working within the justice system with inmates and justice practitioners. The emphasis is strongly on practical, realistic interventions, treatments, and methods for working effectively in the system, rather than on theoretical deliberations. Recommended reading for those studying, and working in, health care for prison populations.