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Corrections Resources

TB can be particularly problematic in correctional and detention facilities, where persons from diverse backgrounds and communities are in close proximity for varying periods. Inmates with undiagnosed TB disease place other inmates and correctional staff at risk for TB, and when released, they can infect persons living in surrounding communities.

A higher incidence of certain infectious diseases, including TB, among prison and jail inmates is especially problematic for correctional and detention facility staff. The corrections system annually releases 11.5 million inmates, potentially contributing to the rising rates of infectious disease in the community. Effective TB prevention and control measures—including identification, early treatment and/or prevention – can be cost effective solutions if undertaken by corrections. Taking advantage of this opportunity by collaborating with public health efforts will contribute significantly to the health of both inmates and the community at large.

Recognizing that public health and corrections have differing missions and barriers to improving health services in prisons and jails may exist, collaboration between corrections and public health can overcome many of the challenges that facilities face with regard to tuberculosis. For further information, view the resources for public health and correctional staff provided in the SNTC toolkit.


SNTC provides these tools to assist corrections staff and public health TB programs who work with their correctional facilities in TB control efforts. These tools may be downloaded and modified to meet the specific needs of each site. NEED HELP? SNTC also offers one-on-one technical assistance and guidance with these tools. Email Ellen Murray or call her at 352-273-7682 for assistance. Consider a mini-fellowship focused on controlling TB behind bars.


General Information

TB Screening

Case Management

Contact Investigation

Environmental Controls

Release Planning


Program Evaluation

Training Events
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Additional Resources

The Health Status of Soon-to-be-Released Inmates: A Report to Congress

Commission on Correctional Healthcare (NCCHC)

Arresting TB: Understanding the Culture of Corrections (download) OR view on YouTube

Corrections Association (ACA)

National Sheriffs Association (NSA)

World Health Organization – TB in Prisons

USAID: TB in Prisons: A Growing Public Health Challenge

Course: Arresting TB: Best Practices for Controlling TB in Corrections

Prevention and Control of Tuberculosis in Correctional and Detention Facilities: Recommendations from CDC. July 7, 2006 / 55(RR09): 1-44

(In) Justice in the City and its Associated Health Consequences. American Journal of Public Health, October, 2005. Vol. 95, No. 10

National Institute of Corrections (NICIC)

Connections Health Care Network

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)/National Prevention Information Network


  State Specific Corrections Websites


Alabama Department of Corrections

Sheriffs Association


Florida Department of Corrections

Florida Department of Juvenile Justice

Florida Sheriffs Association

Florida Model Jail Standards


Georgia Department of Corrections

Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice

Georgia Sheriffs Association


Kentucky Department of Corrections

Kentucky Sheriffs Association


Mississippi Department of Corrections

Mississippi Sheriffs Office

North Carolina

North Carolina Department of Corrections

North Carolina Sheriffs Association

Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico Department of Justice

South Carolina

South Carolina Department of Corrections

South Carolina Sheriffs Association


Tennessee Department of Correction

Tennessee Sheriffs Association

U.S. Virgin Islands

Virgin Islands Department of Justice


Virginia Department of Corrections

Virginia Sheriffs Association

West Virginia

West Virginia Division of Corrections

West Virginia Sheriffs Association

Additional Resources


Additional Resources


Additional Resources
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The Health Status of Soon-to-be-Released Inmates: A Report to Congress Volume 1, Volume 2


Mini-Fellowship in Corrections

The Southeastern National Tuberculosis Center offers training, products and consultation to facilitate the collaboration between public health and correctional facilities. Mini-Fellowships for corrections and public health staff offer one-on-one training tailored for the participant, and all sessions include intensive, supervised clinical and/or field experience in a correctional setting. Download and complete a Mini-Fellowship application today. Reverse mini-fellowships are available where we come to your area and assist you in working with your prison or jail.

Mini-Fellowship Application

Downloadable Form

Arresting TB: Best Practices for Controlling TB in Corrections
1-day interactive overview for medical professionals working in public health and corrections, and includes custody staff who aid in policy making and administrative responsibilities.

1-day course



Arresting TB: Contact Investigation and Release Planning
3-day interactive course designed for medical professionals working in public health and corrections, and includes custody staff who aid in release planning and policy making.

3-day course



Enhanced Skills for Public Health Corrections Liaisons
1.5 day interactive course for public health TB program staff working with corrections describes the nuts and bolts of the inside of different correctional facilities. Has pre-requisites prior to attending, including attendance at an Arresting TB course.

Training 1.5 day course **



Consultation is also provided by an SNTC expert with years of public health and corrections experience geared toward the unique circumstances faced by corrections staff and the public health corrections liaison. Contact Ellen Murray at SNTC for answers to those questions about TB behind the bars.

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