Justice and Correctional Health Services

  • Kenneth Kipnis
Part of the AMINTAPHIL: The Philosophical Foundations of Law and Justice book series (AMIN, volume 4)


Because they are juridically excluded from participating in the market systems through which most American health care is distributed, more than two million incarcerated Americans have unreliable access to vital medical services. This paper sets out a normative geography of prison health care. While liberalism encourages debate on the limits of liberty, there has been scant interest in setting reciprocal limits to the penal forfeiture of liberty. This essay develops one element of this topic: inmate access to health services.


Criminal Justice United States Supreme Ninth Circuit Correctional Health Unusual Punishment 
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The work that has gone into this essay has been intermittently ongoing for over a decade. Many have contributed along the way. In particular, I am grateful to Kim Thorburn, Diane Rothon, Bruce Landesman, Laura Specker, John Kleinig, Nancy Dubler, Meda Chesney-Lind, Leslie Francis. An earlier, longer version of this essay was published as “Social Justice and Correctional Health Services” in Rosamond Rhodes, Anita Silvers, and Margaret Battin (eds.), Medicine and Social Justice, Volume 2 (New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2012). The version here appears with the permission of the publisher, Oxford University Press.

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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht. 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of Hawaii at ManoaHonoluluUSA

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