Cyrus Ahalt, MPP; Emily A. Wang, MD, MAS; Brie Williams, MD, MS
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Ahalt C, Wang EA, Williams B. State of Research Funding From the National Institutes of Health for Criminal Justice Health Research. Ann Intern Med. 2015;163:240-241. doi: 10.7326/L15-5116-2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 2015;163(3):240-241.
Ms. Lemon and colleagues accurately note that estimating the number of Americans who are or have ever been incarcerated is difficult even for the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the agency tasked with collecting data on all U.S. justice systems. In our introduction, we state that more than 20 million Americans are or have been incarcerated—a conservative estimate to provide the context of our primary finding, namely, that the National Institutes of Health has a critical opportunity to expand research investigating the relationship between criminal justice involvement and health. The assertion that between 9 and 70 million Americans have experienced incarceration supports our contention that many millions of Americans would benefit from increased research aimed at the intersection of criminal justice and health.
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