Victoria Law is a freelance writer and editor. Her work focuses on the intersections of incarceration, gender and resistance. She is the author of Resistance Behind Bars: The Struggles of Incarcerated Women.
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The FIRST STEP Act has been touted as a bipartisan criminal justice reform bill that may allow hundreds of people in federal prisons an earlier release date, including those criminalized for HIV-related crimes at the federal level.
The rates of HIV among incarcerated women are higher than those of their non-incarcerated counterparts. In many prisons, information about HIV is scarce and gaps in treatment are common.
Women living with HIV are nearly twice as likely to experience intimate partner violence than women living without HIV. One reason? The continuing shame and stigma of being HIV positive.
Lee Dewey was charged with biting an officer at a Slutwalk march, but Dewey was apparently the only one injured. Activists are fighting back.
Johnson's experience, complete with the threat of a century in prison, might seem shocking, but the reality is that plea bargains are extremely common.
The past several weeks have brought good news from California and Idaho; bad news from Maryland and Massachusetts; and signs of hope from Ohio, as well as our national neighbors to the north.
Over his 30 years in and out of America's penal system, HIV-positive activist Brian Carmichael has seen some of the best and worst of what prison health care has to offer.
Get the updates on laws and court cases that modernize -- or reinforce -- HIV criminalization in California, Missouri, Florida, Pennsylvania and Ohio.
25 years later, Brian Carmichael says, "I don't regret anything we did there or all the trouble it caused us. My time at Vacaville showed me what one person, or a small group, can do."
What's New in HIV Criminalization in the United States: Congress, California, Florida, Georgia, Ohio and Utah
Get an update on the national front, plus a look at four states that may reform laws that criminalize HIV non-disclosure and transmission -- and one that's increasing penalties for people living with HIV.