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Medical News & Perspectives
October 28, 1998

Critics Denounce Staffing Jails and Prisons With Physicians Convicted of Misconduct

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JAMA. 1998;280(16):1391-1392. doi:10.1001/jama.280.16.1391-JMN1028-3-1

IN AN EFFORT to provide health care in their burgeoning jails and prisons, some states are hiring physicians who have been convicted of crimes or have lost their medical license because of professional misconduct. Some states are even issuing medical licenses that restrict the disciplined physician's practice to prisoners. That policy is not just bad for the incarcerated, say correctional health leaders and other critics, it is bad for correctional medicine and it's bad for society.

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