Around the world, human-rights activists fight on behalf of people imprisoned in unsanitary jails and denied a fair trial. These victims often suffer the double indignity of being mistreated by their captors and deprived of basic services. In many countries, these abuses are not only taking places in prisons, but in hospitals, too

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Heather Ann Thomspon writes, “Recently I received a message from a freelance writer, Eric Beaumont, who had a question about a paragraph in my book that mentioned a doctor conducting experiments at Attica on prisoners”

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Not trying to prove innocence, according to Arielle Baskin-Sommers. She writes, “Every week, I wait for the cold steel bars to close behind me, for count to be called, and for men who have years – maybe the rest of their lives – to spend in this prison to come talk with me. I am a clinical psychologist who studies chronic antisocial behavior”

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Aaron Hernandez, the former New England Patriots tight end and a convicted murderer, was 27 when he committed suicide in April. Yet a posthumous examination of his brain showed he had such a severe form of the degenerative brain disease C.T.E. that the damage was akin to that of players well into their 60s

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Last Words

March 1, 2017

“Last Words” is an excerpt from a larger piece entitled “Unseen,” a musical composition about Kalief Browder. The composition by Judah Adashi was created as part of the JHU Exploration of Practical Ethics Program.

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If the US wants to take the crisis of HIV in African American communities seriously, researchers and HIV advocates say they must treat prisoners with the same time-tested health practices that are used on the outside, which includes making condoms and PreP available and ensuring HIV-positive incarcerated people continue receiving their HIV treatment. With comments from our Leonard Rubenstein

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Salvatore Chimenti already had advanced liver damage from the hepatitis C virus when he filed a lawsuit against the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections in the summer of 2015. He wanted access to new and expensive drugs that cure the virus in 90 percent or more of people who take them

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Request for life-saving anti-viral medication rejected on technicality. Judge finds Pennsylvania protocol for inmates out of line with constitution

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