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A Piece of My Mind
June 21, 2016

Osler in Jail

Author Affiliations
  • 1Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts
JAMA. 2016;315(23):2523-2524. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.1823

The front door to the Nashua Street Jail is a two-inch–thick wall of steel and bulletproof glass. I show my identification to a correctional officer behind the security window, and enormous unseen motors spin to life and slowly slide the panel closed to trap me in the anteroom that provides access. A buzzer sounds, and the identical back door begins to rumble open. The buttons in the elevator don’t work; the officer watching me over video surveillance directs it to the appropriate floor.

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