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Correctional Health: What are the issues?

Jail Administrators walk a balanced line between services, safety, and budget everyday. One of the many issues that can make a big difference is health.

According to the National Inmate Survey the majority of prisoners and jail inmates are either overweight, obese, or morbidly obese. With almost three-quarters of prisoners reporting weight-related health problems, managing medical costs through preventative health management is an important prioirty for many correctional institutions.

Here are some of the current statistics:

  • 74% of prisoners and 62% of jail inmates are overweight, obese, or morbidly obese.
  • Jail inmates are more likely than the general population to report having a chronic condition, the most common of which is high blood pressure (30% of prisoners).
  • Female prisoners are less likely than male to be overweight, but are more likely to be obese or morbidly obese.
  • 80% of prisoners reported having been seen by a healthcare professional since their incarceration.

Safe and effective exercise equipment can help alleviate health care costs, reduce stress in both prisoners and frontline staff, and provide a safer, healthier environment.