Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Ethics and Human Rights in U.S. Prisons

Coming up:  November 29- December 1, 2017, Behind Bars: Ethics and Human Rights in U.S. Prisons, at the Harvard Medical School campus in Boston, MA. 

Here's the conference background:

    The United States leads the world in incarceration. The “War on Drugs” and prioritizing punishment over rehabilitation has led to mass imprisonment, mainly of the nation’s most vulnerable populations: people of color, the economically disadvantaged and undereducated, and those suffering from mental illness. Although these social disparities are striking, the health discrepancies are even more pronounced. What can be done to address this health and human rights crisis?

    This conference will examine various aspects of human rights and health issues in our prisons. In collaboration with educators, health professionals, and those involved in the criminal justice system—including former inmates, advocates, and law enforcement—the conference will clarify the issues, explore possible policy and educational responses, and establish avenues for action.

For more information and to register, click here.

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