Behind Bars: Ethics and Human Rights in U.S. Prisons
November 30 - December 1, 2017
Harvard Medical School Campus, Boston, MA

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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.

Registration for the conference is required.

Documentary & Discussion

Wednesday, November 29, 2017
6:15 p.m.
Armenise Building, D-Amphitheater

The evening before the conference, there will be a screening of the film 13th followed by a panel discussion.
This event is free and open to the public. Conference attendees are encouraged to attend.

Sign up for the 13th Documentary & Discussion here

The Behind Bars Conference is co-sponsored by the Human Rights Program at Harvard Law School, the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School, and the Harvard Medical School Center for Bioethics with support from the Oswald DeN. Cammann Fund.

Conference Planning Committee:
J. Wesley Boyd, Committee Chair
Emily Keehn
Louise King

Cristine Hutchison-Jones
Christine Mitchell
Carmel Shachar
Patrick Smith
Lauren Taylor
Paula Atkeson
Angela Alberti
Lisa Bastille
Blair Kahn