Which example of research with prisoners would be allowable under the regulations?
- A: Examining age at first arrest as a predictor of adult criminal history.
- B: Examining the use of financial incentives.
The correct answer is option A: Examining age at first arrest as a predictor of adult criminal history
Why option B is incorrect:
As in the questions, the federal regulation amendments are mentioned, so in the research process where the prisoners are the subjects, the regulation is more concerned about the safety of the prisoner not about their financial incentives.
The age of the prisoner is examined to check the history of the criminal of adult crime. Federal laws govern research on criminals. The federal regulation classifies the prisoners as the vulnerable population. It is because of their voluntary decision for participation in the study is compromised. When designing the protocol for research that involves prisoners, the IRB should be approached.
A prisoner is “an individual who has committed any crime and is liable for legal punishment or waiting for the trial”. In the process of research, the prisoner is the subject which the researcher has to report to the IRB. It is because IRB deals with the protocol by accessing the particular condition of the prisoners faced by them during the study. Strict restrictions are implemented on the motivators and analyst does not guarantee the subjects the privacy.
As the question is about the regulation, so according to Federal Regulations, the investigators provide safeguards for those prisoners who are involved in research activities.
The investigators in the investigation should also provide with required details and rationale in the research proposal.
Besides these, the investigators also need to take some specific measures for ensuring necessary consent which is informed.
In case, if the participant becomes imprisoned during the participation, then it is the duty and responsibility of PI to inform every matter to IRB.
After taking all these measures, the protocol is reviewed again according to the Subpart C, which is withdrawn from the research.