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Featured: Top 5 articles published by Health & Justice in 2020

  1. Comprehensive approaches to addressing mental health needs and enhancing school security: a hybrid type II cluster randomized trial 
    By Andria B. Eisman, Justin Heinze, Amy M. Kilbourne, Susan Franzen, Christopher Melde and Edmund McGarrell
  2. Corrections officers’ knowledge and perspectives of maternal and child health policies and programs for pregnant women in prison 
    By Virginia Pendleton, Jennifer B. Saunders and Rebecca Shlafer
  3. Adverse childhood experiences: a retrospective study to understand their associations with lifetime mental health diagnosis, self-harm or suicide attempt, and current low mental wellbeing in a male Welsh prison population
    By Kat Ford, Mark A. Bellis, Karen Hughes, Emma R. Barton and Annemarie Newbury
  4. Koori voices: self-harm, suicide attempts, arrests and substance use among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adolescents following residential treatment 
    By S. Nathan, K. Maru, M. Williams, K. Palmer and P. Rawstorne
  5. A call to protect patients, correctional staff and healthcare professionals in jails and prisons during the COVID-19 pandemic
    By Oluwadamilola T. Oladeru, Nguyen-Toan Tran, Tala Al-Rousan, Brie Williams and Nickolas Zaller​​​​​​

Call for papers: Enhancing the prison environment

This series of articles explores the transformative processes and findings from current efforts to positively alter the prison environment. Articles are welcome from a broad range of perspectives, including but not limited to: the process and methods used for cultural change, the vision for the prison environment, evaluation findings, and the experiences of correctional staff, administrators, and those incarcerated. 

Edited by Kevin Wright, Stephanie Morse & Madison Sutton, Arizona State University

COVID-19 Resources

View a list of resources compiled from government agencies, news outlets, and nonprofit organizations, hosted by the Justice Community Opioid and Innovation Network.


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Health & Justice has published a number of thematic series including:

Suicide and self-harm risk in criminal justice involved populations by A Perry

Complex needs in justice-involved populations by S Kinner

Justice-Involved Women by D Morse

Criminal Justice Drug Abuse Treatment Studies by L Gideon

Aims and scope

Health & Justice presents 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 it. Through meta-analyses and systematic reviews about topics at the intersection of public health and criminal justice, the journal fills a gap in the literature presenting protocols and clinical practice guidelines and encouraging translational science, exploring possible ways of introducing innovations in the justice system.

The journal is open to submissions from public health, criminology and criminal justice, medical science, psychologysociology, neuroscience, anthropology and the social sciences, and covers a broad array of research types.

Health & Justice aims for a broad reach, including researchers across many disciplines as well as justice practitioners, such as judges, prosecutors, defenders, probation officers, treatment providers, mental health and medical personnel working with justice-involved individuals.

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