Stateville Penitentiary Malaria Study
- Year(s) Conducted: Mid-1940s
- Nation Involved: The United States of America
It might seem odd, but for centuries there have been scientists that decided to conduct tests on prisoners. The idea was that they were considered bad people for breaking the law. There is a lot wrong with that, but several prisons have been involved in these studies. Some act alone or with a university/scientist. Yet they are also areas where governments conducted experiments on their own people quite often.
The University of Chicago teamed with the U.S. Army & State Department to conduct studies at the Statesville Penitentiary during the 1940s. Their major study was on the effectiveness of Malaria-fighting drugs. They forced some prisoners to take part in the study, then reduced sentences for others. In total, 400 prisoners were used. To test the drugs, they first had to give them the Malaria virus! Then they tested several drugs to see which was the most effective. Very few worked at all.