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Role of a US-Norway Exchange in Placing Health and Well-Being at the Center of US Prison Reform - AJPH 2020 

02-11-2020 12:07

From the article, American Journal of Public Health, Supplement 1, 2020, Vol 110:

While the health of correctional officers is an understudied topic of study, emerging evidence suggests that correctional staff experience disproportionately high rates of chronic disease and behavioral and mental health problems alongside profound environmental stress and exposure
to workplace trauma. For example, the California Correctional Officer Survey (2017) documented high rates of chronic disease (e.g., diabetes 22%, heart disease 16%) among the 50% of participants who reported feeling unsafe at work.

A prepost self-assessment of the training [on correctional practices in Norway] revealed gains in knowledge and skills including in motivational interviewing, de-escalation, risk assessment, understanding incarcerations negative effects, and reducing use of solitary confinement; 40% said the experience was life-changing.” Within 6 months of our program, all housing units from which officers were selected by exchange participants and facility leaders to participate in the training and receive technical assistance from our team reported significant changes to their operational values, goals, and practices


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