AcCJH Conference

Lab members Minji Kim and Sofia Mohommad presented research at the annual conference of the Academic Consortium on Criminal Justice Health! We are still getting work out there in a virtual world.

Minji Kim
Sofia Mohommad

Pregnancy Outcomes in U.S. Juvenile Residential Facilities

Lab member Minji Kim published a FIRST AUTHOR article in Journal of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology. This paper uses data from the Pregnancy in Prison Statistics study (PI: Carolyn Sufrin) and finds that there were 71 admissions of pregnant adolescents reported over 12 months from participating JRS. At the time of the census, six out of the 183 female adolescents (3.3%) were pregnant. Eight pregnancies ended while in custody. Of these, one pregnancy was a live full-term birth, four were miscarriages, and three were induced abortions. Administrative policies and services varied among the JRS. For example, all JRS had a prenatal care provider on-site, whereas two JRS helped cover the costs of abortions. Much more work is needed to understand the complexities of health care needs of justice-involved pregnant youth during and after their incarceration. READ MORE.

Epidemiology of Coronavirus Disease 2019 in US Immigration and Customs Enforcement Detention Facilities

Lab member Felicia Casanova (PhD Candidate, Sociology) published a FIRST AUTHOR paper in JAMA Network Open! This paper uses data from the COVID Prison Project and finds that cumulative case rates among people detained by ICE are higher than those of the US population and dwarf those of surrounding communities. READ MORE.

End the silence about what Covid-19 is doing to America’s prisons

I published a op-ed with Senator Elizabeth Warren and Dr. Lauren Brinkley-Rubinstein!

“The Covid-19 pandemic is wreaking havoc in our nation’s prisons and jails. We know it’s bad, but because comprehensive data isn’t being collected, we don’t know exactly how bad it is…” READ MORE.

This was totally tweeted from Warren’s account.

Prison Population Reductions and COVID-19: A Latent Profile Analysis Synthesizing Recent Evidence From the Texas State Prison System

Lab member Oshea Johnson (PhD Student, Sociology) co-authored a paper in Journal of Urban Health. This paper uses data from COVID Prison Project and concludes that implementing this 85% capacity as an absolute minimum should be prioritized at prisons across the USA. READ MORE.