The COVID-19 pandemic has underscored the lack of resources & oversight that hinders medical care for incarcerated people in the United States. The US Supreme Court has held that “deliberate indifference” to “serious medical needs” violates the Constitution. But this legal standard does not assure the consistent provision of health care services. This leads the US to fall behind European nations that define universal standards of care grounded in principles of human rights & the ideal of equivalence that incarcerated & non-incarcerated people are entitled to the same health care. Drawing on a normative analysis & empirical research, this talk describes an incremental strategy based on expanding Medicaid into correctional facilities & improving comprehensive oversight that would move closer to the normative ideal without resolving many of the thorny problems of correctional health care.
1. To understand the foundation in human rights theory for a standard of health care in jails & prisons
2. To define a pragmatic theory for advancing the health care of incarcerated people within the institutions & laws of the US
3. To explain how COVID-19 has changed the expectations & conditions for carceral health care in the US
This is an event of the Office of Academic Clinical Affairs hosted by the Center for Bioethics & co-sponsored by the following U of MN units: the Medical School, the School of Nursing, the School of Public Health, the Program in Health Disparities Research, the Center for Antiracism Research for Health Equity, & the Center of Race, Indigeneity, Disability, Gender & Sexuality Studies.