chapter  5
On giving good care to bad people: examining the principles of prison health care
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One of my graduate students, a physician, once asked in class “Why should we care about the health of these people [prisoners], considering what they’ve done?” It is a question that many people both inside and outside the prison system may legitimately ask. Such a question is sometimes a function of the emotion associated with a reaction to a particularly distressing crime eclipsing a rational consideration of the principles and evidence regarding health care in prison settings. This chapter addresses the question posed through examining medical, penological, religious, public health and human rights principles in prison health care.