Collaborative Programs in Prison – References

Grinstead OA; Zack B; Faigeles B. “Collaborative research to prevent HIV among male prison inmates and their female partners.” Health Education and Behavior, 1999 Apr, 26(2):225-38.

Abstract: Despite the need for targeted HIV prevention interventions for prison inmates, institutional and access barriers have impeded development and evaluation of such programs. Over the past 6 years, the authors have developed a unique collaborative relationship to develop and evaluate HIV prevention interventions for prison inmates. The collaboration includes an academic research institution (the Center for AIDS Prevention Studies at the University of California, San Francisco), a community-based organization (Centerforce), and the staff and inmate peer educators inside a state prison. In this ongoing collaboration, the authors have developed and evaluated a series of HIV prevention interventions for prison inmates and for women who visit prison inmates. Results of these studies support the feasibility and effectiveness of HIV prevention programs for inmates and their partners both in prison and in the community. Access and institutional barriers to HIV intervention research in prisons can be overcome through the development of collaborative research partnerships.

Grinstead O, Faigeles B, Zack B. The effectiveness of peer HIV education for male inmates entering state prison. Journal of Health Education, 1997, Vol. 28, p. S31-S37.

Grinstead O, Zack B, Faigeles B, Grossman N, Blea L. Reducing post-release HIV risk among male prison inmates: a peer-led intervention.Criminal Justice and Behavior, 1999, Vol. 26, p. 453-465.

Abstract: Described the HIV risk behavior of men being released from prison and tested the effectiveness of a peer-led prerelease HIV prevention intervention designed to reduce postrelease HIV risk behavior. Male prison inmates (mean age 35.7 yrs) within 2 weeks of release were recruited to evaluate a prerelease HIV prevention intervention. A total of 414 Subjects were randomly assigned to the intervention group or to a comparison group. The intervention consisted of an individual session with an inmate peer educator. All Subjects completed a face-to-face survey at baseline; high rates of preincarceration at-risk behavior were reported. Follow-up telephone surveys were completed with 43% of Subjects. Results support the effectiveness of the prerelease intervention. Subjects who received the intervention were significantly more likely to use a condom the first time they had sex after release from prison and also were less likely to have used drugs, injected drugs, or shared needles in the first 2 wks after release from prison. Implications for the development, implementation, and evaluation of prison-based HIV prevention programs are discussed.

Grinstead O, Zack B, Faigeles B. Reducing postrelease risk behavior among HIV seropositive prison inmates: the Health Promotion Program.AIDS Education and Prevention, Vol. 13, p.109-119.

Abstract: The prevalence of AIDS is five times higher among prison inmates than in the general population. Because recidivism is common and many inmates are serving short sentences for parole violation, HIV-seropositive inmates move frequently between prison and their home communities. We designed an eight-session prerelease intervention for HIV seropositive inmates to decrease sexual and drug-related risk behavior and to increase use of community resources after release. The intervention sessions were delivered at the prison by community service providers. We found that a prerelease risk reduction intervention for HIV seropositive inmates was feasible. Descriptive results support the effectiveness of the program in reducing sexual and drug-related behaviors and in increasing use of community resources after release. Compared with men who signed up for the intervention but were unable to attend, men who received the intervention reported more use of community resources and less sexual and drug-related risk behavior in the months following release. We recommend dissemination and continued evaluation of this risk-reduction intervention.

Comfort M, Grinstead OA, Faigeles B, Zack B. Reducing HIV risk among women visiting their incarcerated male partners. Criminal Justice and Behavior, 2000, Vol 21, p. 57-71.

Abstract: Describes the development, implementation, and preliminary evaluation of a pilot project aimed at reducing HIV risk among women visiting their incarcerated male partners. 30 women (aged 18-63 yrs) visiting their incarcerated partners at a large state prison in California participated in focus groups that led to the development of a peer-led HIV education intervention. 86 women completed baseline surveys, 81 completed post intervention surveys, and 67 were followed 1 mo after the intervention. Although women visiting their incarcerated partners are generally well-informed about HIV transmission and prevention, interventions addressing their specific emotional and informational needs are necessary to motivate and to assist them in reducing their risk of HIV infection, the authors note.

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