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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
Committee on National Statistics
Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education

Improving Collection of Indicators of Criminal Justice System Involvement in Population Health Data Programs: A Workshop

March 29-30, 2016


An ad hoc steering committee held a two-day public workshop on adding measures of prior and current criminal justice system involvement to household-based health surveys of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), such as the National Health Interview Survey, National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, and others. Justice-involved populations have gradually gained recognition as vulnerable to poor health outcomes, including high rates of infectious diseases and behavioral health conditions. Discussions at the workshop will inform future DHHS selection of measures of involvement with the criminal justice system for potential inclusion in population surveys of health. Workshop topics include the following:

• How do scholars define and measure kinds of criminal justice involvement and their effects on health at the national level, as well as state and local levels?
• If existing measures of criminal justice involvement are available, how well do they work and in what settings or for what types of data collections on population health?
• If measures are not available, what new measures could potentially be developed for inclusion in population health surveys?
• To develop new measures for population-level data collections on how criminal justice involvement affects health, which constructs in each domain need to be measured?
• Do substantial knowledge gaps exist? If so, what are they? Do data exist to support research to fill any remaining substantial knowledge gaps? If not, could such data be generated?

A summary of the presentations and discussions at the workshop will be prepared by a designated rapporteur in accordance with institutional guidelines. 

Sponsor: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Minority Health

Workshop Summary

Improving Collection of Indicators of Criminal Justice System Involvement in Population Health Data Programs: Proceedings of a Workshop

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Incarceration and Health: Current State of the Knowledge
Michael Massoglia, University of Wisconsin

What Do We Want to Measure When We Measure Criminal Justice Contact? Some Thoughts
Chris Wildeman, Cornell University (committee member)

Criminal Justice Involvement and Its Impacts on the Individual, the Family, and the Community
John Hagan, Northwestern University; Holly Foster, Texas A&M University

Health Effects as Consequences

Christopher Uggen, University of Minnesota

Criminal Justice Involvement and Health: Principles for Data Collections and Domains to Consider

Ingrid Binswanger, University of Colorado Medical School

Asking Sensitive Questions in Surveys
Ting Yan, Westat

Designing Questions on Criminal Justice Involvement for Health Surveys
David Cantor, Westat

Measuring Incarceration in the Fragile Families Study

Amanda Geller, New York University

Collecting Indicators of Criminal Justice Involvement on Existing Health Surveys:
Five Core Health Surveys as Potential Vehicles

National Health Interview Survey
Marcie Cynamon, CDC National Center for Health Statistics

The Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System
Wayne Giles, CDC Division of Population Health

National Survey on Drug Use and Health
Arthur Hughes, SAMHSA  

National Survey of Family Growth Overview
Anjani Chandra, CDC National Center for Health Statistics

National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES)
Kathryn Porter, CDC National Center for Health Statistics

Audio Files

March 29

Introduction through Massoglia Presentation
Wildeman and Manning Presentations
Hagan/Foster and Uggen Presentations
Afternoon Facilitated Session

March 30
Morning Session with Survey Representatives 
Alternative Approaches Session
Yan Presentation through Wrap Up

Committee Members

Wendy Manning, Bowling Green State University (Chair)
Candace Kruttschnitt, University of Toronto
John H. Laub, University of Maryland
Ruth D. Peterson, Ohio State University
Josiah D. Rich, Brown University
Michael F. Schober, The New School for Social Research
Emily Wang, Yale University
Christopher Wildeman, Cornell University

Project Staff

Jordyn White, Program Officer
Carol House,
Senior Program Officer
Esha Sinha, Associate Program Officer
Agnes Gaskin, Administrative Assistant

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