Year: 1986 Source: American Journel of Nursing, v.86, no.12, (December 1986), p.1333-1334 SIEC No: 19870858

The author outlines the precedents for providing inmates with adequate health care in U.S. prisons & jails. She demostrates the differences between inmate rights to demand & refuse treatment for physical & psychological illnesses as outlined by the American Constitution & courts. Noting the lack of scheduled doctors in the system & the increased role of nurses, she points out the latter should provide treatment to suicide victims, the number one cause of death in jails. (BG)