Working to eliminate disparities between prisoner health and public health
Center for Health Justice offers programs and services to both men and women in correctional facilities, with a focus on prisoners who are HIV+ or at greatest risk of acquiring or transmitting HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases. The bulk of our programming currently takes place within the Los Angeles County jail system. At Men's Central Jail, our services are predominantly focused on prisoners housed in the K-11 unit -- a segregated housing for gay, bi-sexual, and transgender males. Center for Health Justice works collaboratively with the deputies and staff of the S.M.A.R.T. Program (Social Mentoring, Academic, and Rehabilitative Training) which provides educational programs such as GED and Drug Ed for this population.
Health Justice’s expertise and focused programs take advantage of a tremendous public health intervention opportunity: incarceration. As a result of our work, HIV+ and at-risk prisoners receive the HIV prevention and treatment services during this important time and return to their communities healthier, and with improved HIV prevention knowledge.