Dr. Pridemore Discusses His Research on Incarceration and Premature Mortality on “Academic Minute”
On September 29 Dr. Pridemore was the featured guest on the Academic Minute, a daily podcast hosted by WAMC Northeast Public Radio and heard in dozens of radio markets across the country. In his study, titled “The mortality penalty of incarceration: Evidence from a population-based case-control study” and recently published in Journal of Health and Social Behavior, Dr. Pridemore found that men who had been incarcerated were more than twice as likely to experience premature mortality relative to men who had not been incarcerated. He suggests this is may be due to factors such as increased exposure to infectious diseases while incarcerated, the impact of acute and chronic stress during and after incarceration, and incarceration’s disruption of social bonds that would otherwise provide protective effects for health. Several studies now show that incarceration leads to negative outcomes for inmates, their families, and communities, and these must be considered in the face of mass incarceration in the US over the last four decades.