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Prison Health CareBy Anna Lapera and Amanda Tarzwell

Nominated by  Seble Dawit, Director and Assistant Professor of Peace Studies

From the Author: This paper represents a semester-long research project that we did for PCE 254: International Human Rights. Most people think of human rights abuses as occurring in countries other than the United States so we were excited to find out that our final paper had to be on a human rights issue in America. Researching and writing on this subject helped us to recognize that though the issues may not be as clear cut as genocide, if one takes a closer look there are many subtle and oftentimes silent human rights abuses which occur here. This paper provides an in-depth analysis of the prison health care system in this country and the current move towards privatization. We tried to incorporate personal stories with statistical evidence and the legal argument to make this a comprehensive yet sensitive research paper.

From the Faculty Nominator: Anna and Amanda wrote this paper for the peace studies class, Human Rights. In the class, students were asked to study key human rights concerns in the United States, a country not typically expected to be in violation of human rights. They began with a broader look at the prison/industrial complex and gradually tightened their research to health care in US prisons.

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