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JailcareFinding the Safety Net for Women behind Bars$
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Carolyn Sufrin

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780520288669

Published to California Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520288669.001.0001

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Institutional Burden to Care

Institutional Burden to Care

(p.41) 1 Institutional Burden to Care

Carolyn Sufrin

University of California Press

This chapter describes the institutional and historical contours of the tension between the obligation to care and prisoners' deservingness of care. These contours determine the existence of the San Francisco jail clinic, people's desire to use its services, and the flourishing of its daily intimacies of care. The context this chapter provides involves four domains. The first is the twinned rise of mass incarceration and retreat of the public safety net. The second of these domains is judicial. The courts have played a major role in establishing prisoners' rights to health care and delineating what it should look like. The third domain is the emergence of “correctional health care” as a professional field and source of profit. Finally, organized social justice advocacy has shaped the terms of prisoners' rights to health care. Together, these institutional and historically located forces situate the unfolding of care inside the jail.

Keywords:   prisoner rights, mass incarceration, public safety net, judiciary, correctional health care, social justice advocacy, health care, jailcare

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