Medical Justice and the Carceral State, Part 3: The Doctor's White Coat vs. The Officer's Uniform: Who Calls the Shots?


Tuesday, May 3, 2022, 12:00pm to 1:00pm



Who decides when people in prison will receive health care, how they will do so, and what kind of care they receive? Health care for incarcerated populations is often determined by elements of the correctional system, including staff interference, budget limitations, or security overrides, instead of being informed by a patient’s clinical needs. Join us for a panel discussion on how these failures in care manifest themselves and how medical justice can be achieved for incarcerated populations. Our panelists will bring diverse perspectives to the matter from health care providers to legal representatives.


  • Introduction: Carmel Shachar, Executive Director, The Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School
  • Rachael Bedard, MD, internist, geriatrician, and palliative care physician

  • Mercedes Montagne, Executive Director, The Promise of Justice Initiative

  • Susan Neuber, Nurse practitioner


This Medical Justice and the Carceral State series is co-sponsored by the Justice, Health, and Democracy Impact Initiative of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics; the Medical Justice Alliance; the Harvard FXB Center for Health & Human Rights; the Office of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging at Harvard University; and the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School.

This third panel is also supported by the Institute to End Mass Incarceration; the Harvard Prison Legal Assistance Project; and the Center For Health Law and Policy Innovation.