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Aims and scope

Health & Justice presents research and commentary on the area of health and well-being of people involved or working in the adult or juvenile justice system. The journal welcomes original research, meta-analyses and systematic reviews, implementation science, study protocols and clinical practice guidelines, and we encourage translational science to explore possible health innovations in the justice system.

Health & Justice aims for a broad reach, including researchers, justice practitioners, such as judges, prosecutors and defenders, probation officers, law-enforcement, treatment providers, plus mental health and medical personnel working with justice-involved individuals. The journal is open to submissions from varied disciplines and covers a broad array of research topics: public health, criminology and criminal justice, medical science, psychology, sociology, neuroscience, anthropology and the social sciences.

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10th Anniversary of Health & Justice

Throughout 2023, Health & Justice is celebrating its 10th anniversary. A special issue is being planned by the Editorial Board and we welcome insights into how the field has changed and developed over this time.

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

Enhancing the Prison Environment
Guest edited by Kevin Wright, Stephanie Morse & Madison Sutton, Arizona State University, USA

Suicide and self-harm risk in criminal justice involved populations
Guest edited by Amanda Perry, University of York, UK

Complex needs in justice-involved populations
Guest edited by Stuart Kinner, Murdoch Children's Research Institute, Australia

Justice-Involved Women
Guest edited by Tomer Einat, Bar-Ilan University, Israel


Prof Faye S. Taxman, George Mason University, USA
Faye S. Taxman, Ph.D., is a University Professor at George Mason University and Director of the Center for Advancing Correctional Excellence. She is a health service criminologist and is globally recognized for her work in the development of seamless systems-of-care models that link the criminal justice system with other health care and service delivery systems, for reengineering probation and parole supervision services and for her contribution to implementation science.

Dr Taxman has received numerous awards and recognitions, contributed more than 200 articles and numerous books to the field of public health and criminology and developed the translational RNR Simulation Tool to assist agencies in increasing uptake of evidence-based treatments and practices. She is currently focusing on research to provide better systems, outside of using prison or jail, to support and serve those with mental illness or special needs.

Prof Lior Gideon, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, USA
Lior Gideon, PhD. is a Professor of Criminal Justice at the Department of Law, Police Science and Criminal Justice Administration. He has been involved in several large scale studies examining prison based treatment programs, detoxification and rehabilitation, violence against medical staff in non-psychiatric hospitals and the nexus between health and justice, all of which have led to numerous impactful articles and book chapters. Dr Gideon also has extensive experience in statistics, having served as Head of Statistics and Research in the Israeli Court Administration’s research department.

Currently he is engaged in comparative and international criminal justice research including: a needs-assessment for incarcerated female offenders; motivation assessment of jail inmates to enter and participate in jail-based treatment programs; and public opinion surveys on rehabilitation and reintegration of released offenders, and social support mechanisms in the reintegration process.

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Annual Journal Metrics

  • 2022 Citation Impact
    3.5 - 2-year Impact Factor
    1.388 - SNIP (Source Normalized Impact per Paper)
    0.954 - SJR (SCImago Journal Rank)

    2023 Speed
    12 days submission to first editorial decision for all manuscripts (Median)
    210 days submission to accept (Median)

    2023 Usage
    946 Altmetric mentions