The Effects of Incarceration and Reentry on Community Health and Well-Being: Proceedings of a Workshop


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On June 6, 2018, the Roundtable on the Promotion of Health Equity held a workshop to examine the connection between incarceration and health inequities at the individual, family, and community levels. As part of its commitment to hold workshops in parts of the United States that are particularly affected by the issues being discussed, the roundtable held the workshop at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, which has one of the highest rates of incarceration of any major American city. The workshop objectives were to better understand the distributive impact of incarceration on low income families and communities of color, examine the effects of the post-incarceration reentry process on families and communities, and explore promising models and best practices for improving and enhancing the reentry process.