If you work in a correctional setting, chances are great that you have patients under 19 years of age. Many jails throughout the country house adolescents onsite. In addition, most states have adult sentencing for some form of juvenile crime. Although the Federal Bureau of Prisons does not house adolescents in adult facilities, 149 federally-sentenced youth were being housed in contracted facilities in 2011. While the criminal justice system struggles with the advisability of incarcerating youth, correctional nurses must establish a program of care that attends to their health and well-being while behind bars. Read these post blog posts to learn the particulars of juvie care behind bars.
Do you provide health care to troubled youth? Share your experiences in the comments section of this post.
To read more about the unique aspects of juvenile health care in the correctional setting see Chapter 11 in the Essentials of Correctional Nursing. The text can be ordered directly from the publisher.