Institute of Medicine advisory: Research involving prisoners

Most scientific research involving prisoners now takes place outside the scope of federal regulations and often without the scrutiny of institutional review boards. Ethical considerations for research involving prisoners, a new report from the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, says more comprehensive safeguards and oversight measures are needed to ensure that such studies meet the highest ethical standards and aim to improve the well-being of prisoners.


Advance copies will be available to reporters only beginning at 9 a.m. EDT on Wednesday, July 12. The report is embargoed and not for public release before 4 P.M. EDT on wednesday, July 12.

Reporters can obtain a copy by contacting the National Academies' Office of News and Public Information at tel. 202-334-2138 or e-mail

Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 21 Feb 2009
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