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In a Spirit of Restoration: A Phenomenology of Nursing Practice and the Criminal Justice System

Gorman, Geraldine, PhD; Singer, Rebecca, M., ND; Christmas, Erin, MS; Herbstritt, Catherine, MS; Miller, Layne, MS; Murphy, Mary, MS; Shannon, Cailan, MS; Wyss, Katrina, MS

doi: 10.1097/ANS.0000000000000210
Special Issue Topic: Crime, Justice and Health

Conditions within jails and prisons are a public health crisis, necessitating critical reform measures. An innovative collaboration between a Midwestern College of Nursing and Cook County Department of Corrections provides students with the opportunity to develop health education for both those detained in the jail and the corrections officers. A phenomenological approach, recognizing the importance of intuitive and cognitive understanding, is offered as a framework for practice in complex environments. Principles of restorative justice provide a bridge between primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention and the nursing practice possible within these institutions of incarceration and the communities to which people return.

University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing.

Correspondence: Geraldine Gorman, PhD, University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing, 845 South Damen Ave, 10th Floor, Chicago, IL 60612 (

The authors have disclosed that they have no significant relationships with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertaining to this article.

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