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Recovering Inside? Ethical Challenges in Correctional Mental Health Care

The ScattergoodEthics Program, with the support of the Leonard Davis Institute and in collaboration with the Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation at Drexel, is holding a daylong conference at the National Constitution Center on October 20th: "Recovering Inside? Ethical Challenges in Correctional Mental Health Care.” Continuing education credits will be available for psychologists, social workers, and lawyers.


A shadow health care system now exists behind bars in the US, with a substantial amount of behavioral health care delivered in correctional settings.

There are approximately 2.6 million people incarcerated in the US, which equates, by far, to the world’s highest incarceration rate (~700/100,000 people). It is estimated that 50% of inmates of jails and prisons have a mental illness, and 15-20% have a serious mental illness.

This conference convenes an interdisciplinary group of speakers and panelists--which will include bioethicists, clinicians, prison reform advocates, and a former inmate--who are all aiming to elevate the conversation about this growing health care crisis.

Keynote speakers will be Secretary Gary Tennis and former Commissioner Charles Ramsey.

Commissioner Charles Ramsey was appointed Police Commissioner of the Philadelphia Police Department on January 7, 2008, and retired in January 2016 after serving 8 years as Commissioner and leading the fourth largest police department in the nation. Secretary Gary Tennis is the current Pennsylvania Secretary of Drug and Alcohol Programs.