In this study Binswanger et al. found that jail and prison inmates had higher rates of chronic medical conditions than the general population.
This paper communicates the importance of collaboration between justice and health systems as a matter of public health. Despite rapid growth of jail and prison populations, this population is largely excluded from national health surveys. This is concerning given the findings of this study that showed that, compared with the general population, jail and prison inmates had higher odds of hypertension, asthma , arthritis , cervical cancer, and hepatitis.