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Seeking Clemency From an HIV Criminalization Sentence: When Has Time Been Served? A Blog Entry by Tim Hinkhouse Img

Seeking Clemency From an HIV Criminalization Sentence: When Has Time Been Served? A Blog Entry by Tim Hinkhouse

With over 30 years still left of his sentence for "attempted murder," Tim Hinkhouse wonders if medical advances in HIV treatment and his personal growth while in prison should make him eligible for clemency.

Stigma in the Situation Img

Stigma in the Situation

Chad Zawitz, M.D., Cook County Jail's clinical coordinator of HIV medicine, has been providing clinical services for detainees in the jail for years. He has seen the effects of stigma firsthand in the correctional facility, and he has learned his way...

Analysis: How Is Russia's HIV-Specific Law Being Used to Prosecute Women Living With HIV? Img

Analysis: How Is Russia's HIV-Specific Law Being Used to Prosecute Women Living With HIV?

"Russia's Article 122 was introduced into the Criminal Code, in particular, to protect women from HIV infection, but it is clear from our research that the law has been applied against women in Russia," Evgenia Maron writes.

Why Aren't HIV Criminalization Changes Applied Retroactively? A Blog Entry by Tim Hinkhouse Img

Why Aren't HIV Criminalization Changes Applied Retroactively? A Blog Entry by Tim Hinkhouse

As HIV criminalization laws in Oregon change, Tim Hinkhouse wonders if there's any chance the state's governor will take his latest application for clemency under consideration, or he will continue to remain in prison until 2050.

'Death Came Every Week': How Prisoners Overcame Early HIV/AIDS Stigma Through Community Education Img

'Death Came Every Week': How Prisoners Overcame Early HIV/AIDS Stigma Through Community Education

Kathy Boudin recalls the fight for early HIV education in prisons. "We all were saying, 'We have to do something about the crisis where there's a lot of fear. If we don't do it, no one else will do it.'"

HIV Advocates Turn to Parole Reform, Seeking Release of Aging Prisoners Img

HIV Advocates Turn to Parole Reform, Seeking Release of Aging Prisoners

"People with AIDS are vilified for something they did once in their lives -- for unsafe sex or injecting drugs," says Laura Whitehorn. It's similar with the population aging in prison, she says, held indefinitely due to parole denials.

The Impervious Wall of HIV Silence and Denial in a Texas Prison Img

The Impervious Wall of HIV Silence and Denial in a Texas Prison

"No amount of self-reliance and confidence could have inured me to the flagrant homophobia, racism and HIV stigmatization I confronted," says Gabriel Torres, an HIV doctor who is in prison as the result of meth addiction.

Jeremy Merithew Finds Optimism While Incarcerated Under an Unjust HIV Law Img

Jeremy Merithew Finds Optimism While Incarcerated Under an Unjust HIV Law

Jeremy Merithew shares about his everyday life serving an HIV criminalization sentence in a Michigan prison, the injustice of the law that got him there and how his experiences awoke his spiritual curiosity.

Facing HIV Prejudice and Stigma on the Job as a Prison Barber: A Blog Entry by Tim Hinkhouse Img

Facing HIV Prejudice and Stigma on the Job as a Prison Barber: A Blog Entry by Tim Hinkhouse

People rely on Tim Hinkhouse to cut their hair and do a good job. To those who stigmatize him for his HIV status, he says: "I will not let you characterize me as disgraceful or brand me with your misunderstandings!"

I Fight for What's Right: Equal Treatment for All: A Blog Entry by Tim Hinkhouse Img

I Fight for What's Right: Equal Treatment for All: A Blog Entry by Tim Hinkhouse

"My life seems easier living with an open mind than when I closed myself off to others who choose to live their lives differently from mine," Tim Hinkhouse explains. "Please don't think for one second that I won't accept you."