Establishing a sustainable health strategy in prison starts with political commitment to implement criminal justice and penal reform such as non-custodial measures and reducing prison overcrowding. It includes integrating prison health into public to expand the pool of healthcare resources and expertise and improve prison health standards.
Such a strategy also involves upscaling data collection and analysis of infection rates, gender-specific needs, mental health and drug use disorders, education levels, vocational skills, and the availability and accessibility of responsive services. And last but not least, it requires the meaningful engagement of civil society organizations as essential partners in addressing the health and rehabilitation prospects of people in prison.
This work details how regions in Central Asia have been addressing challenges and making progress in implementing global prison standards, with instructive country examples.
|Ingo Ilja Michels