Position Statement Summary

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The National Commission on Correctional Health Care released a position statement on how important women's health care is in prisons and to guide administration in managing women's health care in these facilities. The position statement covers the following subtopics: gynecological, pregnancy, postpartum, parenting services, sexual and physical abuse, alcohol and drug abuse, sexually transmitted disease, family planning, mental health, aging, and nutrition and diet. Through these sections, the organization discusses the numerous statistics and research accompanied and related to the subtopics. These subtopics were the preface to NCCHC's position statement and served as a "backing" for their position statement. The Position Statement covers…show more content…
The second recommendation in the position statement suggests "correctional health services and women's advocacy groups need to collaborate to provide leadership for the development of policies and procedures that address women's special health care needs in corrections." NCCHC's third recommendation is for correctional institutions to "implement intake procedures that include histories on menstrual cycle, pregnancies, gynecological problems, contraception, current breastfeeding, sexual and physical abuse, and a nutritional assessment." Lastly, the position statement's fourth recommendation is for correctional institutions to supply comprehensive services for women's unique health issues (NCCHC).
The Center for Prisoner Health and Human Rights provided specific quotes from articles and media outlets. These quotes and passages are in no way comprehensive but give a representation of the collection of relevantly recent news items the faculty has considered applicable to their work. The most recent quote comes from an American Civil Liberties Union Report discussing how California jails allegedly deny reproductive health to women prisoners. The quote references the report stating that
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This makes it difficult for courts in defining the lines of equal treatment based on gender. (PrisonerResource) In Craig v. Boren, the court rejected strict scrutiny as a standard in equal protection claims based on gender (craigvboren). Something particular to prison inmates seeking equal protection relief, is that they must demonstrate that "there is no rational relation between the dissimilar treatment and a legitimate penological

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