Delaware Denies Associated Press Requests for AIDS-Related Prisoner Autopsy Information Because of Privacy Concerns
March 29, 2005
Delaware officials have denied Freedom of Information Act requests from the Associated Press for HIV/AIDS-related information contained in prisoner autopsy reports, making it "difficult" to "piece together" the HIV prevalence rate and the AIDS-related mortality rate among prisoners in the state, the AP/Wilmington News Journal reports. The state Office of the Chief Medical Examiner says that such autopsy information needs to be blacked out because of privacy concerns. According to the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics, more than 60% of inmate deaths in Delaware in 1999 were AIDS-related, the highest percentage in the country. However, the number of reported AIDS-related deaths among inmates varies from agency to agency, according to the AP/News Journal. The state medical director's office reported two AIDS-related deaths in Delaware prisons in 2002, four in 2003 and two in 2004, but the state Department of Correction reported one AIDS-related death in 2002, four in 2003 and none in 2004, according to the AP/News Journal.
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