Human rights and US prisons -- Professionalism inside the belly of the beast
Tuesday, November 5, 2013: 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Many professions are engaged in carrying out the work of mass incarceration. Professions define and maintain codes of behavior to guide their work, supporting practices which are grounded in terms of increased beneficence, while sanctioning deviations from professional norms. During this panel, experts in medicine and architecture will review the challenge of maintaining beneficence while practicing their professions in a prison environment. Health professionals from the United States and the United Kingdom will discuss their experiences in implementing a human rights practice inside institutions primarily designed to control and confine, and which often punish and harm. An architect will discuss his efforts to organize his colleagues to engage the ethically suspect practices of execution and solitary confinement by refusing to design such spaces. Finally, a former prisoner, who served over twenty years, will review her experience as a prisoner patient, and comment on how the objective conditions that create divided loyalties for health providers lead to compromised professional standards. Discussion will be encouraged.
Session Objectives: Analyze what human rights approaches to prison construction and prison health care management can potentially achieve
Compare deviations from standards of care and human rights principles in Europe and the US
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Organized by: Medical Care
Endorsed by: Ethics SPIG, APHA-International Human Rights Committee, Socialist Caucus, Women's Caucus
Medical (CME), Health Education (CHES), Nursing (CNE), Public Health (CPH)
Masters Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES)