Medical Care in Prison/Medical Neglect

Watch John Oliver Explain the Insanity of Our Prison System With Puppets

Infused with humor, John Oliver, from the Last Week Tonight show highlights the injustices within our prison system. The segment ends with John singing with mock Sesame Street puppets about how our "prison system is just so horribly broken".
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Health Reform Long Overdue for People Leaving Prison

With the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in full effect as of Jan. 1, hundreds of thousands of Oregonians who were previously uninsured will now have access to the care they need, including many people with criminal records.





Dealing With Dementia Among Aging Criminals

Dementia in prisons is an underreported but fast-growing phenomenon that is an unforeseen consequence of tough-on-crime policies -- long sentences have created a large population of aging prisoners.


Prison Mental Health Unit Not Designed For Treatment

Oregon is finishing a brand new mental health hospital - but the inmates with some of the most severe mental health problems are housed at Oregon State Penitentiary, which isn't designed for treatment. (OPB)


Some "Smart on Crime" Reforms that are Working

Necessitated by harsh economic times and encouraged by declines in crime rates, a number of states have made significant strides in reducing the number of people in prisons and jails and cutting spending while maintaining public safety.

Article by Denise Welch

California Medicaid Expansion: A Lifeline For Ex-Convicts

Inmates often leave California prisons with no consistent place to get medical care. But that's changing.


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  • PSJ's Youth Justice Report - Misguided Measures

    Giving a voice to those youth who are sent to adult jails or prisons to await trial or carry out there sentences when they are not adults. Misguided Measures represents the impact that Measure 11 has on Oregon's Youth.

    Prisoner Support Directory

    Updated annually by PSJ, the Prisoner Support Directory contains national and northwest regional resources for incarcerated people.

    PSJ is happy to share our 2013 Prisoner Support Directory which contains national and northwest regional resources for incarcerat

    Oregon taxpayers pay spiraling cost of prison health care with no solution in sight

    Oregon prisons strain to care for 14,000 inmates -- inmates who are getting older and sicker, half arriving with mental health problems. (The Oregonian)

    Oregon inmates' mental health problems outstrip a system never designed to handle them

    Year after year, the percentage of prisoners battling psychiatric demons has edged up. Now, seven in 10 of the state's 14,000 inmates need some type of mental health care in a system never designed to provide it. (The Oregonian)

    Oregon inmates' mental health problems outstrip a system never designed to handle them

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