-Our Mission

On October 29th, 2014 the Center for Correctional Health Networks (CCHNET) officially opened its doors in the Carolyn Ladd Widmer Wing of The University of Connecticut’s School of Nursing.  The Center is a pioneer program in the studies and advocacy for informing and providing the post incarceration community with affordable health care services.

-Online Publication

Open Call for Papers

Aims & Scope
The Journal for Evidence-based Practices in Correctional Health is an open access electronic publication of The Center for Correctional Health Networks (CCHNet).  JEPCH provides an inclusive forum for dissemination of evidence-based practices in correctional healthcare inclusive of all persons who have had an involvement with the criminal justice system - incarcerated and community-based populations. Attention to the context in which correctional healthcare is delivered is essential, inclusive of systems/models of care, costs and workforce issues.
An Open Call for articles is on-going. There are no costs to authors. New authors are encouraged to write.  Guidance and assistance is given to get you to publication.  Articles of interest include case studies, policy analyses, continuing education articles, review of literature, systematic reviews, methods and research papers, program evaluation, quality improvement projects, and education research. Additionally, editorials, commentaries, letters to the editor and author responses are welcomed. Proposals for “Special Issues” are encouraged.
Authors can contact Editor-in-Chief Deborah Shelton, PhD, RN, NE-BC, CCHP, FAAN  at Deborah.Shelton@uconn.edu

-Our Leadership

Louise Reagan , Assistant Professor, assumed leadership as the Director of the Center for Correctional Health Network in August 2018.  Deborah Shelton, Professor Emeritus and founder of the Center, will remain as Editor-in-Chief for the Journal for Evidence-based Practice in Correctional Health, an open-access journal read in the US and internationally.  Shelton is now living in North Carolina, teaching and consulting.


Louise Reagan


Assistant Professor


P: (860) 486-0593 University of Connecticut School of Nursing Storrs Hall, Room 102C 231 Glenbrook Rd. U-4026 Storrs, CT 06269

Curriculum Vitae.pdf



Deborah Shelton


Professor Emeritus, University of Connecticut

Cell: 860-268-4425

CCHNet Web News

  • New Articles Available on JEPCH
    The Journal for Evidence-based Practices in Correctional Health published 3 new articles last week.  This new issue provides you with new and exciting evidence that is practice-based. Evidence-based practice (EBP), as described by this Journal, is the body of knowledge derived from research and clinical studies that describes the best contemporary practices in correctional health. […]
    Posted on December 13, 2018
  • Inside the Prison Hospice Where No Inmate Dies Alone
    By Jane Ross VACAVILLE, Calif. (Reuters) – One of Fernando Murillo’s greatest fears is dying in prison. The 38-year-old former gang member, serving a sentence of 41 years to life for second-degree murder when he was 16, says it is that fear which helps him empathize with the terminally ill inmates he looks after at […]
    Posted on June 28, 2018
  • Prison system short on psychologists, long on mentally ill inmates
    Two years ago, the North Carolina prison system promised change after blaming staff shortfalls for the problem of mentally ill prisoners left isolated in cells splattered with human waste. Now, mental health advocates say they are still waiting for prison officials to deliver on that promise. https://www.indyweek.com/indyweek/prison-system-short-on-psychologists-long-on-mentally-ill-inmatesby-billy-ball/Content?oid=4282642
    Posted on June 28, 2018