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A useful research resource and handy reference, this book discusses the many important ethical and legal issues that arise in the delivery of health care to prisoners at correctional facilities. It references national standards of professional practice as well as the advice of recognized experts.
The mission of corrections is the care and custody of prisoners with a view to public safety within a place dedicated to punishment, while the mission of the medical and mental health professionals in a corrections facility is to care for the health and well-being of the prisoners. Both have a duty to provide care, but their differing roles and objectives give rise to ethical role conflict and disagreement regarding appropriate care strategies.
Humane Health Care for Prisoners considers important ethical and legal issues that arise in the delivery of health care to prisoners, covering topics such as privacy, confidentiality, informed consent, extended isolation and solitary confinement, use of mace, strip searches and body cavity searches, and medical experimentation on prisoners as human subjects. It also considers participation by health care professionals in capital punishment, coerced substance abuse treatment, how much health care to provide, organizational structure and hierarchy, cooperation between correctional and health care staff, and the importance of recognizing mental illness as a chronic condition.
This book is informative for professionals working in corrections facilities, such as physicians, psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses, wardens, jail administrators, sheriffs, and corrections officials, as well as legislators and decision makers, attorneys involved in correctional healthcare lawsuits, students of criminal justice, and those seeking to work in the field of correctional health care or in corrections. Additionally, students and professors of medical ethics will find this book helpful in illustrating real-life topics for research and discussion.
- Clearly lays out the ethical issues in role conflicts or difficult policy questions in correctional health care management
- Makes the argument that while correctional and medical care professionals have their own goals, policies, and practices in the correctional environment, a willingness to accommodate the key principles and needs of the other party benefits both disciplines
- Investigates the central theme of what is right and what is wrong, by using ethical principles, court decisions, and accepted national standards as a guide
- Provides an index designed to facilitate the book's use as a quick and ready reference
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"There is a lot to like about this book. . . . You would be hard-pressed to find a topic not covered. The extensive index and detailed table of contents make searching for a specific topic (e.g. rhabdomyolysis or vicarious liability) quite easy. The content covers both NCCHC and ACA accreditation standards and the standards are indexed. . . . It would be a valuable addition."
"From the pen of one of the founders of modern correctional health care, this work is a broad-ranging discussion of the ethical and legal challenges that have shaped our field during the past few decades, mixed with a plea for recognition of the inherent humanity of our imprisoned citizens. Kenneth Faiver's well-researched and footnoted book will be an instant classic; an inspiring read and a useful reference for those trying to understand how to provide safe and effective health care within our jails and prisons. This material will be accessible and useful to corrections professionals whether they are new to corrections or have years of experience."
"Faiver's passion to promote due respect for the dignity of each man, woman, and child in custody is realized in this excellent book's effort to facilitate and inform ongoing dialogue and communication between health care professionals and correctional authorities about health-related ethical principles and their practical application."
"Ken Faiver has written an informative book that provides much-needed information for health care professionals in the criminal justice system. Possibly more than any other specialty, we are in need of practical advice about the ethical and legal challenges we face daily. This book should be in the library of every serious correctional health professional."
"Anyone involved in jails and prisons today has a responsibility to examine and evaluate policies and practices. Faiver helps us to understand how correctional health care has evolved and the complex issues that remain. Today's challenges test our morals as a society and our sense of fairness. They present tough decisions with limited choices. We have the largest correctional system in the free world and as humane and respected leaders we need to get this right."
"This book belongs on the shelf in every correctional medicine physician's library. Faiver has comprehensively researched and reviewed the history of correctional medicine and has offered many thoughts on the impact of the history to present-day practice."
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National Commission on Correctional Health Care, Kenneth L. Faiver Wins the 2017 B. Jaye Anno Award of Excellence in Communication, 8/19/2017
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