Prisoner research - looking back or looking forward?

Bioethics. 2010 Jan;24(1):23-6. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8519.2009.01777.x.


Much has been written about prisoner research and the controversies surrounding prisoners as human subjects. The Institute of Medicine recently released a report addressing some of these issues. This report, which generated further controversy, needs to be fully discussed in the literature and certain aspects are examined in this work. Further, in the body of literature there has been little acknowledgement of the concept of the right of prisoners to be involved in research. This needs to be pursued from an ethical perspective and eventually a legal one. This paper explores that concept and documents some facilities in which a prisoner's right to research has occurred.

MeSH terms

  • Dissent and Disputes
  • Ethics, Research*
  • Federal Government
  • Forecasting
  • Government Regulation
  • Guidelines as Topic
  • Health Planning Guidelines
  • Health Services Accessibility* / ethics
  • Health Services Accessibility* / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Human Experimentation* / ethics
  • Human Experimentation* / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Human Rights* / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Humans
  • National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine, U.S., Health and Medicine Division
  • Patient Participation / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Principle-Based Ethics
  • Prisoners*
  • Research Support as Topic / ethics
  • Research Support as Topic / legislation & jurisprudence
  • United States
  • Vulnerable Populations / legislation & jurisprudence