Passports to advantage: Health and capacity building of prisoners after release

Kinner, Stuart A., Lennox, Nicholas G., Jamrozik, Konrad D., Haswell-Elkins, Melissa R., Williams, Gail M. and Alati, Rosa (2008). Passports to advantage: Health and capacity building of prisoners after release. In: A.J. Holland, Journal of Intellectual Disability Research: Proceedings of the 13th World Congress of the International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual Disabilities. 13th World Congress of the International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual Disabilities, Cape Town, South Africa, (667-667). 25-30 August 2008. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2788.2008.01085.x


Author Kinner, Stuart A.
Lennox, Nicholas G.
Jamrozik, Konrad D.
Haswell-Elkins, Melissa R.
Williams, Gail M.
Alati, Rosa
Title of paper Passports to advantage: Health and capacity building of prisoners after release
Conference name 13th World Congress of the International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual Disabilities
Conference location Cape Town, South Africa
Conference dates 25-30 August 2008
Proceedings title Journal of Intellectual Disability Research: Proceedings of the 13th World Congress of the International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual Disabilities   Check publisher's open access policy
Place of Publication Oxford, U.K.
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Publication Year 2008
Year available 2008
Sub-type Published abstract
DOI 10.1111/j.1365-2788.2008.01085.x
ISSN 0964-2633
1365-2788
Editor A.J. Holland
Volume 52
Issue 8-9
Start page 667
End page 667
Total pages 1
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
Aim: Prisoners as a group are characterized by chronic social disadvantage, high rates of risk behaviours and poor physical and mental health, and some have an intellectual disability. Prisoners enter and leave custody with these existing problems. The majority will re-offend and almost a third will return to prison within 2 years of release. In the weeks following release, ex-prisoners face a massively increased risk of premature death. There are no post-release programs which support better health for ex-prisoners.

Method: This project will conduct a randomized controlled trial of a post-release intervention for all adult prisoners in Queensland and will identify people with intellectual disability. Prior to release, all participants will undergo a health assessment and receive a ‘health passport’ to encourage them to find appropriate health and psychosocial support. Participants will also receive telephone support in the first 4 weeks following release. The impact of the intervention will be assessed through telephone interviews 4, 12 and 26 weeks post-release, and by accessing correctional and health records for participants 2 years post-release.

Conclusion: We hope to demonstrate decreased recidivism rates as a consequence of health interventions. The findings of the study will inform the development of post-release intervention for prisoners.
Subjects 920599 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) not elsewhere classified
920205 Health Education and Promotion
920403 Disability and Functional Capacity
111712 Health Promotion
111703 Care for Disabled
Keyword Prisoners - Queensland
health promotion
intellectual disability
Q-Index Code EX
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

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