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Prison stigma leads to poor health for African American men

Prison stigma leads to poor health for African American men Blackwell Publishing Ltd press release: 1-Sep-2004
The Justice Policy Institute (2002) estimated that between 1980 and 2000, three times as many African American men went to prison than to universities and colleges. A study published in the Journal of Nursing Scholarship supports that following release from prison, men in this demographic group need steady jobs and stable homes to prevent imminent health problems, yet find it extremely difficult to do so.
In this study, a group of formerly incarcerated African American men were interviewed over a three-month period to find out about their experiences after being released. Data reflected a decline in the types of jobs available to them in comparison to opportunities before incarceration. These men were limited in how they were able to conduct a job search and those who did find success in work were only able to do so “self-employed.” An inability to find affordable housing was also identified as an obstacle while transitioning from prison to society.
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2004-09/bpl-psl090104.php