HIV Risk and Prevention for Latinos in Jails and Prisons

Megan Comfort, Carmen Albizu-García, Timoteo Rodriguez and Carlos Molina III

in HIV Prevention with Latinos

Published in print July 2012 | ISBN: 9780199764303
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199950232 | DOI:
HIV Risk and Prevention for Latinos in Jails and Prisons

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Literature has developed on how correctional environments contribute to HIV risk for people while they are behind bars and after they are released, and for people who are not incarcerated but experience the incarceration of their loved ones, family members, and neighbors. However, literature on Latinos in the criminal justice system (CJS) is sparse, which is unfortunate given their overrepresentation. This chapter provides a review of HIV risk for incarcerated people, their kin and community members, as well as HIV testing and treatment inside of correctional facilities. Throughout, studies specific to Latinos are highlighted. The chapter also delves into the literature on California Latino prison mafias, to consider their possible role in HIV prevention and risk. The context of injection drug use (IDU) in Puerto Rico, inside and outside of the CJS, is also reviewed and discussed.

Keywords: prison; criminal justice system; prison mafia; drug use; overrepresentation; HIV testing; HIV treatment

Chapter.  11871 words.  Illustrated.

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