First Advisor

Tina Burdsall

Date of Award

Summer 2020

Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Public Health Studies: Pre-clinical Health Science and University Honors


Health Studies




Prisoners -- Medical care -- Oregon, Male prisoners -- Medical care -- Oregon, Prisoners -- Abuse of -- Oregon, Administration of justice -- Oregon, United States. Constitution. 8th Amendment




The healthcare that people who are imprisoned receive is inadequate and does not meet the requirements owed to them by the Eighth Amendment. The Bureau of Justice Statistics has repeatedly surveyed inmates about the health care that they receive (Bureau of Justice Statistics [BJS], n.d.). One of the most recent iterations, in 2004, showed that there were large gaps in the health care that prisoners received: not being able to see a healthcare provider after an injury, necessary medications being discontinued, and lab tests being restricted (Wilper, et al, 2009). The surveys were implemented to highlight policies needing correction and poor conditions (National Archive of Criminal Justice Data [NACJD], 2019). It appears that the data brought about no significant changes in the delivery of healthcare within correctional facilities. In many states, including Oregon, correctional facilities still do not use electronic medical records (EMR). There is little accountability for how these people are cared for, despite it being their constitutional right. This proposal reviews current literature about the healthcare provided in correctional facilities, with a specific focus on prisons. The proposed study would sample people in Oregon who have been recently released from long-term imprisonment (10-25 years) in a male prison. Interviews would be conducted with individuals (n=25) to ascertain their self-rated health status prior to, and throughout their term of imprisonment, as well as the ability to access health care when needed. The interview questions will try to understand the individual’s perception of the quality of healthcare that they received.


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