Managing Medical Needs Behind Bars

Katie Labovitz
March 3, 2011

The Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs published a study concerning how Ohio jails identify inmates with HIV/AIDS and provide care for them. Funded by an Ohio Department of Health grant, this study aimed to learn more about care provisions provided for inmates living with HIV and AIDS while in jail and upon release. Out of 91 full-service jails in Ohio, 65 participated by taking part in a survey and/or interview.

Ohio jails are funded by the counties or municipalities they serve, unlike prisons, which are state or federally funded. Voinovich School Senior Project Manager Sara Boyd explained that HIV testing is mandatory for new prison inmates, but not for jails where the average length of stay is 23 days or less. Among the surveyed jails, only one offers testing to all inmates upon arrival, whereas nine had no HIV testing available.

Final reports are available at: http://www.odh.ohio.gov/odhprograms/chss/qam/qualmanage.aspx