Jails and Community-Based Health Care Slideshow

    • June 24, 2009

Based on the issue brief Jails and Community-Based Health Care, this slideshow references quotes and statistics which underscore the need for high-quality health care that protects both jail inmates and the public. COCHS—Community Oriented Correctional Health Services—is a nonprofit organization that fosters partnerships between local jails and community health providers. COCHS offers an alternative to the traditional system of correctional care. The model turns jails into an entry point into the health care system for a population that is both medically underserved and at high risk for serious health problems. A 2004 evaluation of the Hampden County program found that inmates who had medical or mental health conditions continued to see the health care providers they met in jail after they were released.