The mental and physical well-being of inmates is average “significant” less than that of non-prisoners. Their condition was often the same before they ended up in prison. They also do not recover in jail, while there may be opportunities for this through supervision and regularity. That is what the Netherlands Study Center for Crime and Law Enforcement (NSCR), knowledge institute for healthcare Nivel and the University of Leiden say on the basis of their own research.
Compared to the general population, inmates have more infectious diseases and chronic conditions as well as more psychological problems such as depression, addiction problems and personality disorders. The health disparities can be explained to some extent by socioeconomic conditions of prisoners and free people, the researchers said. Read more at Skipr.