The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has filed a class action lawsuit against the Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC), charging that state policies discriminate against HIV-positive prisoners, according to an ACLU statement. The lawsuit, filed on behalf of 10 plaintiffs, charges that current policy strips HIV-positive prisoners of access to rehab and community reentry programs, which may result in longer sentences, and that it stigmatizes prisoners by forcing them to disclose their status and segregating them in separate housing. Alabama and South Carolina remain the only two states in the nation that still segregate HIV-positive prisoners.

To read the ACLU statement, click here.