The Urban Institute report points out that more than half of all inmates in jails and state prisons have a mental illness of some kind
The Supreme Court reasoned that to place persons in prison or jail, where they could not secure their own care, and then to fail to provide that care, could result in precisely the pain and suffering prohibited by the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution.
Oral health is inextricably linked to overall health, as well as to self-esteem. We have a responsibility to ensure that oral health services are available and accessible as part of any health care delivery system both within and outside prison walls. To not provide dental care is needless suffering.
Custody, Security and Safety
The key to a secure, safe institution is the unity that comes from working together to keep the facility staff and inmates safe, and provide rehabilitation to those able to utilize the services being offered.