Philadelphia apologizes for ‘inhumane’ Holmesburg Prison experiments

The city of Philadelphia has issued a formal apology for the experiments conducted by the University of Pennsylvania at Philadelphia’s Holmesburg Prison from the 1950s to 1970s, according to a press release.These experiments intentionally exposed incarcerated inmates at the prison to various pharmaceuticals, viruses, fungus, asbestos and dioxin, a component of Agent Orange. According to the release, the majority of these inmates were Black men, and many of them were illiterate.“While this happened many decades ago, we know that the historical impact and trauma of this practice ofRead More

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