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Sickle Cell and Deaths in Custody

Dyson, Simon, Boswell, Gwyneth Dr

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ISBN 10: 1861771150 / ISBN 13: 9781861771155
Published by Whiting & Birch Ltd, 2009
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Title: Sickle Cell and Deaths in Custody

Publisher: Whiting & Birch Ltd

Publication Date: 2009

Book Condition:Good

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Sickle cell is a multi-system disorder that in the USA and the UK predominantly, but not exclusively, affects those of black and minority ethnic communities. The disorder is not widely understood, so, when a sudden death of a black man in official custody is blamed on sickle cell trait (for example, Martin Lee Anderson in the USA or Alton Manning in the UK) the worlds of health, criminal justice, and black politics collide. This ground-breaking book examines: The myths about sickle cell disease The context of racism in the criminal justice systems in the UK and USA The misuse of sickle cell trait to explain away sudden deaths in custody The historic neglect of health care within prisons in the UK and USA The lack of care for those with sickle cell disease within the criminal justice system The lessons both for criminal justice systems, and for human rights and sickle cell campaigners. The book will interest: Members of the sickle cell community, including families, voluntary groups, and sickle cell chapters Health professionals including doctors, nurses, counsellors, and specialist sickle cell workers Members of the legal profession, including those specializing in inquests, human rights, prison law, criminal law, actions against the police, immigration, and clinical negligence Those involved in the criminal justice system, including prison, police, court and probation services. Coroners and medical examiners Human rights, civil liberties, and justice organizations Advocacy agencies representing black communities University lecturers in criminology, sociology, social policy, 'race' and ethnic relations, law, nursing, and medicine

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Fiona Poland is at the School of Occupational Therapy and Psychotherapy, University of East Anglia.
Gwyneth Boswell is at the Community and Criminal Justice Unit, De Montfort University, Leicester.

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