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Incarceration and Detention

Incarceration and Detention: Examining the Mass Incarceration and Detention Privatization Movement and Implications for the Public's Health
Wednesday, March 4, 2020 | 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Program Fee:
Free for Members  | $15 Non-Members

In the United States, there has been a trend towards privatizing correctional and detention facilities and/or healthcare services for those who are incarcerated or detained.  Privatization is occurring in all sectors of correctional facilities, from immigration detention centers, to jails, federal prisons, and New York State correctional health departments.  And while New York has enacted legislation prohibiting private correctional facilities, federal agencies are running private correctional facilities in New York, such as the Queens Detention Facility operated by Geo Group for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).  The privatization of correctional and detention facilities and their healthcare systems promotes sub-human care and violates human rights. This program will examine the sociopolitical incentives for maintaining these for-profit enterprises, their financing and delivery systems, and the range of constitutional, legal, regulatory and ethical issues raised by their establishment and expansion, as well as the public health implications for the marginalized and vulnerable populations they serve. 

Mary Beth Morrissey, MPH, PhD, Fordham University

John Dacey, Executive Director, Abolish Private Prisons
Brian Dawe, Executive Director, American Correctional Intelligence Network and the National Director for the COPTSDC156 Coalition
Geoff Kagan Trenchard, New York City Anti-Violence Project

Sponsoring Committee:
Drugs and the Law, Luke Schram, Chair

Cosponsoring Committee:
Mental Health Law, Karen P. Simmons, Chair
Immigration and Nationality Law, Victoria F. Neilson, Chair

Cosponsoring Organization:
Ethical Issues in the Provision of Health Care
New York State Bar Association, Brendan Parent, Chair

Public Health Committee of the Health Law Section, New York State Bar Association, Mary Beth Morrissey, MPH, PhD and Veda Collmer, Co-Chairs 

42 West 44th Street New York, NY 10016

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