Publication: Integrated Health Care and Criminal Justice Data — Viewing the Intersection of Public Safety, Public Health, and Public Policy Through a New Lens: Lessons from Camden, New Jersey
By Amy Yuen
In a report released by the Executive Session on Community Corrections and co-authored by the Camden Coalition’s Dawn Wiest and Aaron Truchil, researchers found that a small number of Camden residents disproportionately use the healthcare and criminal justice sectors, neither of which is designed to address the underlying problems they face: housing instability, inconsistent or insufficient income, trauma, inadequate nutrition, lack of supportive social networks, mental illness, and substance abuse disorders. These unaddressed social determinants of behavior appear to drive a cycle of repeated arrests and hospitalizations.
The report links healthcare and criminal justice data, and most importantly, showcases the potential of sharing data across sectors to improve individual outcomes; reduced crime; lower rates of hospitalization, emergency room visits, and incarceration; and increased efficiency by directing resources to where they will have the most impact. The report draws from Camden ARISE, an integrated data project to examine overlapping utilization of healthcare and criminal justice systems. The paper was co-authored by Anne Milgram of New York University Law School, Coalition founder Dr. Jeffrey Brenner, and Virginia Bersch of the Laura and John Arnold Foundation. The Executive Session on Community Corrections is a project of the National Institute of Justice, the United States Department of Justice, the Malcolm Wiener Center, and the Program in Criminal Justice Policy and Management at Harvard Kennedy School.