Prisons & Public Health: Why Should You Care?

By Bernice Yeung | Crowdfund this with Spot.Us
Part of the Prisons & Public Health news blog
Ron Sanders, a community-health worker serving former prisoners at San Francisco’s Transitions Clinic, struggles to keep his clients from being among the 66 percent of parolees who eventually return to prison. No easy task, as many are dealing with addiction, chronic illness, mental health problems — or all of the above. I first became interested in these issues when writing for the San Francisco Chronicle about Sanders, himself a former prisoner who is all to aware of the challenges parolees face. But why should Californians care about chronically ill prisoner and parolee health? What’s the connection between prison reentry, medical care and our communities?