Program on Legal and Ethical Issues in Correctional Health

Correctional facilities, such as prisons, jails and juvenile detention, are some of the most complex settings in which to provide health services. The difficulty of the environment, poor health status and compromised access to health services add to the complexity and pose confounding legal and ethical issues for all concerned. In recognition of this, the Program's objectives are to:

  • Undertake research on legal and ethical issues regarding correctional health
  • Prepare and distribute research findings
  • Develop suitable methods for preparing and supporting health professionals to resolve such issues

Through this site, the Program will report on significant findings through our own or related research, report on new data, make available Program services, provide linkages to relevant and interesting sites, and provide visitors with an opportunity to contact Program staff.

Members of the Program Team

William J. Winslade Ph.D., J.D.
Director, Program for Legal and Ethical Issues in Correctional Health; James Wade Rockwell Professor of Philosophy in Medicine; Member; Director, Visiting Scholars Program, Institute for the Medical Humanities; Professor, Preventive Medicine and Community Health and Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Texas Medical Branch; Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law and Director of Graduate Programs at the University of Houston Law Center's Health Law and Policy Institute.

E. Bernadette McKinney J.D., Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute for the Medical Humanities, University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston.


T. Howard Stone J.D., L.L.M.
Director, Bioethics Program, Center for Biomedical Research, University of Texas Health Center at Tyler; Associate Professor of Bioethics, University of Texas Health Center at Tyler; consultant, Program for Legal and Ethical Issues in Correctional Health, University of Texas Medical Branch.

Plans for the Future

  • Study of prisoner organ transplant policy throughout the country
  • Study of high-cost treatments for offenders
  • Study of advance directives in prisons
  • Study of hospice and palliative care in prisons
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