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  • PRISON PRIVATIZATION
  • RECIDIVISM
  • INMATE HEALTH
Winning Issue » INMATE HEALTH


There are now about 2.2 million adults incarcerated in our prisons and jails. About twice this many people are also on parole. About 1% of these inmates, or about 20,000 men and 2,000 women, are infected with the AIDS/HIV virus. Most of these inmates acquired this disease in the community and not while incarcerated. However, inmates have a higher virus transmission rate compared to those not incarcerated. This is due to higher levels of injected-drug use, tattoos and unsafe sex. Advocates say these inmates may receive some treatment while in jail but often have difficulty accessing HIV treatment and medications when released.

Prison and jail mental health statistics also show that about half of all inmates have a mental health problem. These problems are considered severe in about 15% of these people. Serious mental disorders include bipolar, schizophrenia, psychotic and delusional disorders. Health care advocates say many of these people are in prison because there are not enough mental hospitals available for treatment. They say that since the mental health industry began deinstitutionalizing patients several decades ago, our mentally ill have few places to go for treatment. Consequently, many get into trouble with the law. Mental health advocates claim that many inmates in jail today could conceivably be patients in mental hospitals if this option still existed. They claim many of these patient/inmates are caught in a “revolving door,” repeatedly entering and exiting overcrowded hospitals, jails and the community.


Pending Legislation:
H.R.768 - Stop AIDS in Prison Act of 2015
H.R.731 - Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Act of 2015




Polling Options

  • I oppose reforming current inmate health policy and wish to defeat H.R.768 - Stop AIDS in Prison Act of 2015 and H.R.731 - Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Act of 2015, and also wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of either Rep. Paul Ryan or Sen. Mitch McConnell
  • I support a comprehensive policy to provide HIV testing, treatment, and prevention for inmates in federal prisons and upon reentry into the community, including testing inmates upon intake and counseling; providing HIV/AIDS prevention education, HIV testing of prisoners annually upon request or upon exposure to HIV; HIV testing of pregnant inmates, confidential counseling on managing their medical condition and preventing its transmission to other persons, and wish to pass H.R.768 - Stop AIDS in Prison Act of 2015, and also wish to donate resources to either the campaign committees of Rep. Robert Goodlatte (VA) and/or Rep. Maxine Waters (CA), or to an advocate group currently working with this issue
  • I support awarding grants to identify and screen for mentally ill inmates, plan and provide assessments of inmate needs and appropriate treatment and services that address mental health and substance abuse needs; developing, implementing, and enhancing post-release transition plans that coordinate services and public benefits; mental health screening and treatment for inmates placed in solitary confinement or segregated housing; and training employees in identifying and responding to incidents involving inmates with mental health disorders or co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders, and wish to pass H.R.731 - Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Act of 2015, and also wish to donate resources to either the campaign committees of Rep. Robert Goodlatte (VA) and/or Rep. Richard Nugent (FL), or to an advocate group currently working with this issue


Winning Option

  • I support a comprehensive policy to provide HIV testing, treatment, and prevention for inmates in federal prisons and upon reentry into the community, including testing inmates upon intake and counseling; providing HIV/AIDS prevention education, HIV testing of prisoners annually upon request or upon exposure to HIV; HIV testing of pregnant inmates, confidential counseling on managing their medical condition and preventing its transmission to other persons, and wish to pass H.R.768 - Stop AIDS in Prison Act of 2015, and also wish to donate resources to either the campaign committees of Rep. Robert Goodlatte (VA) and/or Rep. Maxine Waters (CA), or to an advocate group currently working with this issue
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Pledge Period - Opening Date
April 2, 2020
Pledge Period - Closing Date
April 15, 2020
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April 9, 2020


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