Alabama to Stop Segregating HIV-Positive Inmates
September 6, 2013
On September 4, Alabama Department of Corrections Commissioner Kim Thomas said that the department would no longer segregate HIV-positive inmates at the Julia Tutwiler Prison for Women and that this policy would extend to male inmates in 2014. The change in policy came after HIV-positive inmates in the state sued the department in 2011, claiming that the segregation policy violated their rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act. A U.S. District Court judge ruled in the inmates' favor after the case went to court last fall. Court documents directed the Department of Corrections to keep the identities of HIV-positive inmates confidential and to have a zero-tolerance policy for threats or abuse directed toward the prisoners. In addition, mandatory HIV education sessions were required for both correctional staff and inmates.
This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.
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