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The Disturbing Science of Incarceration in the U.S.

Nearly one in 100 U.S. adults is in prison or jail, often as a result of questionable or biased convictions and subject to living (and dying) under conditions that research reveals as extremely inhumane

Debate on Who Is Smart Enough to Be Executed

The Supreme Court will soon grapple with the science of how intellectual disability is measured. The arguments will bear on applying the death penalty to people who don't understand the legal process

February 20, 2014 — Sara Reardon and Nature magazine
Condoms Behind Bars: A Modest Proposal to Cut STIs in Calif. Prisons

Condoms Behind Bars: A Modest Proposal to Cut STIs in Calif. Prisons

A “harm reduction” approach to public health, rather than an abstinence or look-the-other-way policy, scored another win this month when the California state legislature gave the green light to a bill that would provide condoms for adult prison inmates.

September 18, 2013 — Dina Fine Maron

Prisons in Post-Soviet Russia Incubate a Plague

The collapse of the Soviet health care system in the 1990s coupled with prisons releasing improperly treated inmates and endemic poverty escalated incidences of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis to epidemic proportions

August 25, 2008 — Merrill Goozner

Brain Injury Rate 7 Times Greater among U.S. Prisoners

Prisoners suffer disproportionately from past traumatic brain injuries. Researchers are hunting for the best tools to treat this population in an effort to help them reintegrate into society--and avoid re-incarceration

February 4, 2012 — Katherine Harmon

How to Help the Growing Female Prison Population

Orange Is the New Black, the popular Netflix show based on the memoir by Piper Kerman, brought female prisons into America's living room, highlighting several issues that are plaguing the correctional system.

April 7, 2015 — Mary Ellen Mastrorilli
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Scientific American Health & Medicine

Scientific American Health & Medicine