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December 21, 2012

Judge Orders Alabama to Stop Segregating Prisoners With HIV

A federal judge has ruled in a class-action lawsuit on behalf of all prisoners with HIV in Alabama that the state department of corrections discriminates against the prisoners by housing them separately and denying them equal access to rehabilitative programs, according to a statement by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which filed the suit. The judge ruled that segregating HIV-positive prisoners violates the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which covers people living with the virus. The court decision also bans the state policy of requiring male prisoners with HIV to always wear white armbands to tell others they are living with the virus. After Alabama implements the court order, South Carolina will be the only state to segregate prisoners with HIV.

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Frederick Wright, Coachella Valley, 2012-12-26 10:50:56
Furthermore,The segregation process in Alabama has set up programs to help reform the HIV prisoner and the return rate of released HIV prisoner is less due to segregation, meaning because they are separated from other prisoners they learn skills and is proven that the HIV prisoners that is segregated does not return back to prison as much as the main population. What an injustice we have allowed in this direction to harm HIV prisoners. Where is the HIV advocates for the truth or Pozreporter.

Frederick Wright, Coachella Valley, 2012-12-26 10:47:32
This judge and the people behind changing the policy of segregation of HIV prisoners is a misguided direction of a liberal think tank that has not done its homework on the truth of the good in segregating HIV people from the main population of prisoners. First of all it is well documented in Alabama that when HIV people are segregated that they are protected from harm. The segregation process in Alabama reduces the spread of HIV and AIDS to the main stream of our society. Shame,shame, shame.

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