A Right to Die for Prisoners?

Reichstein, Angelika (2019) A Right to Die for Prisoners? International Journal of Prisoner Health, 16 (1). pp. 56-66. ISSN 1744-9200

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Abstract

Purpose : This article will explore whether, although the State has a duty to protect prisoners, there should nevertheless be a right for prisoners to decide when and how they die. Approach : Utilising a utopian thought experiment, the article covers a series of interrelated issues: the aims of punishment, the functions of prisons, the rights of prisoners, and the responsibilities of the State towards inmates. While the article takes a European focus, it is of interest to a global audience, as the philosophical ideas raised are universally applicable. Findings : As the right to die advances in society, so should it advance for prisoners. Once assisted dying has been legalised, it should also be available for dying prisoners. Originality : The question has so far not been analysed in depth. With an ageing prison population, however, it is vital that we start engaging with the problems posed by an ageing and dying prison population.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Law
Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2019 12:30
Last Modified: 24 Apr 2020 00:01
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/71771
DOI: 10.1108/IJPH-07-2019-0036

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