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Using laws to further public health causes: The Healthy Prisons Agenda

Ismail, Nasrul; Woodall, James; de Viggiani, Nick

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Nasrul Ismail Nasrul.Ismail@uwe.ac.uk
Associate Lecturer - HAS - HSS - UHSS0001

James Woodall



Abstract

© The Author(s) 2019. In this commentary, we propose using laws in implementing the Healthy Prisons Agenda. We evaluate the efficacy of laws in tackling health inequalities in prisons, provide recommendations on how states can uphold their international commitments that safeguard prisoners’ right to healthcare, and frame prisons as health-promoting settings. We also assess the challenges that can thwart this proposal, such as the non-binding nature of international obligations, global prison overcrowding and the dependency on prison governors and staff for implementation of the Agenda. The commentary concludes by recommending further evaluation of our proposal and testing its potential generalisability to other health-promotion agendas.

Journal Article Type Commentary
Publication Date Jun 1, 2020
Journal Global Health Promotion
Print ISSN 1757-9759
Electronic ISSN 1757-9767
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Not Peer Reviewed
Volume 27
Issue 2
Pages 121-124
APA6 Citation Ismail, N., Woodall, J., & de Viggiani, N. (2020). Using laws to further public health causes: The Healthy Prisons Agenda. Global Health Promotion, 27(2), 121-124. https://doi.org/10.1177/1757975918811098
DOI https://doi.org/10.1177/1757975918811098
Keywords law, public health, Healthy Prisons Agenda, Healthy Prisons, health promotion, prisons
Publisher URL https://doi.org/10.1177/1757975918811098
Additional Information Additional Information : Copyright(c)2019 Reprinted by permission of SAGE publications.

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