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WHO Regional Office for Europe, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. (2013) Good governance for prison health in the 21st century. A policy brief on the organization of prison health. Copenhagen: WHO Regional Office for Europe.

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The document reviews the reasons for the conclusion that prison health is public health, describes the legal cornerstones of prison health and the principle of equivalence and integration that should underlie it, lists the persistent shortcoming of current arrangements and spells out the meaning of good governance for prison health in the 21st century. The Expert group drew two conclusions about institutional arrangements for prison health:

•managing and coordinating all relevant agencies and resources contributing to the health and well-being of prisoners is a whole-of-government responsibility; and

•health ministries should provide and be accountable for health care services and advocate healthy conditions in prisons.

Such governance would be in accordance with and supportive of the new European policy for health, Health 2020, and lead to better health and well-being for prisoners as part of better public health.


Date:2013
Pages:42 p.
Publisher:WHO Regional Office for Europe
Corporate Creators:WHO Regional Office for Europe, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Place of Publication:Copenhagen
ISBN:ISBN 978 92 890 0050 5
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Accession Number:HRB (Electronic Only)
Subjects:G Health and disease > Disorder by cause > Communicable disease
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Health care programme or facility > Prison-based health service
MM-MO Crime and law > Justice system > Correctional system and facility > Prison
T Demographic characteristics > Intravenous / injecting drug user
VA Geographic area > Europe
T Demographic characteristics > Prison Inmate (prisoner)

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