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Old 03-22-2007, 09:24 AM
Sonia Montdore Sonia Montdore is offline
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When a prison inmate dies, what happens to the body?

Suggested by this story about Woody Harrelson's father dying in prison http://www.boston.com/news/globe/obi...father_inmate/

When a prisoner dies, what happens to to the body? Is it released to his kin for burial? What if the family refuses to hold a funeral or can't afford one? Are there cemeteries on prison grounds? Are unclaimed bodies ever given to medical schools?
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Old 03-22-2007, 09:54 AM
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Well I saw a documentary from Louisiana State Prison a couple of years back, and there they had a cementery. I'm guessing the prison buries those who the family do not claim. As for medical research, I guess the rules are the same as for eveybody else - either personal consent or family consent.
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Old 03-22-2007, 10:46 AM
A.R. Cane A.R. Cane is offline
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Cemetaries used for unknown/unclaimed remains are typically called 'potter's field'.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Potter's_field
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Old 03-22-2007, 10:52 AM
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Old 03-22-2007, 11:23 AM
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Originally Posted by Sonia Montdore
Suggested by this story about Woody Harrelson's father dying in prison http://www.boston.com/news/globe/obi...father_inmate/

When a prisoner dies, what happens to to the body? Is it released to his kin for burial?
The kin have a sort of property right in the deat body. So, yes, the prison must give up the body if the kin want it.

See,http://caselaw.lp.findlaw.com/script.../&invol=massey

http://caselaw.lp.findlaw.com/cgi-bi...ase&no=950205p


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What if the family refuses to hold a funeral or can't afford one?
In most cases, they are buried in a potter's field at public expense.

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Are there cemeteries on prison grounds?
Some. http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/05138/506532.stm I think most prisons used to have cemeteries.



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Are unclaimed bodies ever given to medical schools?
Sometimes: http://www.legalaffairs.org/issues/J...julaug2002.msp
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Old 03-22-2007, 07:53 PM
Sonia Montdore Sonia Montdore is offline
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Thank you all.
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Old 03-22-2007, 11:43 PM
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... Are unclaimed bodies ever given to medical schools?
For centuries executed prisoners were the only legal source of bodies for dissection for medical schools.
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