How Criminal Justice Can Benefit From Public Health Perspectives

Jeanne Flavin, Fordham University

Since the 1970s, public health advocates have responded to violence and drug use as they might any other epidemic: by identifying risk factors and focusing on prevention. Despite their efforts, policymakers and the public continue to rely heavily on law enforcement and punishment to address both problems. This paper discusses how basic public health principles (including the concepts of primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention and health promotion/harm reduction) might inform and improve upon the CJS's response to drug use and violence.

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Updated 05/20/2006