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Prisoners in Research Studies

A prisoner is defined as any individual involuntarily confined or detained in a penal institution, which includes individuals detained pending arraignment and individuals in alternative locations (i.e. house arrest, parole). Subpart C in the federal regulations provide specific instructions as to how prisoners can be included in research studies.  

Prisoners are in a naturally coercive environment; their ability to make decisions about daily life is severely compromised. They may be more easily persuaded to participate in a study in prison then they would have if otherwise occupied. Thus, it is important that you consider every aspect of the study, particularly the method for obtaining consent. 

Section Topics

Can a Prisoner Participate in My Study?
What Happens if One of My Participants Becomes a Prisoner?
Special Rules for Using Prisoners
Consent Form

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