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Mental health in prisons in Latin America: The effects of COVID-19

Forrester, Andrew ORCID:, Aboaja, Anne, Beigel, Lukas, Mundt, Adrian P., Rivera, Guillermo and Torales, Julio 2023. Mental health in prisons in Latin America: The effects of COVID-19. Medicine, Science and the Law 63 (2) , pp. 89-92. 10.1177/00258024221149932

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Latin America is a vast region of the world. In 2022, it is estimated that nearly 620 million people live in 33 countries spanning almost 20 million km2 across North, South and Central America, and the Caribbean.1 These countries are united by their common historic cultural origins.2 It is estimated that Spanish is spoken by 400 million, and Portuguese by 200 million people in the region.2 Quechua is the most widely spoken indigenous language in the region, with around 8 million speakers; smaller numbers speak around 560 other indigenous languages such as Mayan, Guarani, and Nahuatl.2,3 The region was described as having a total gross domestic product (GDP) of almost 4.7 trillion US dollars in 2020, with substantial contributions from the four largest economies—Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, and Chile.4,5 However, Latin American countries are mainly considered developing nations.5

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISSN: 0025-8024
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 12 January 2023
Date of Acceptance: 3 January 2023
Last Modified: 21 Nov 2023 14:30

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