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HIV-Positive Inmates In Alabama Allege They Are Being Violated

Lawyers from the American Civil Liberties Union will begin arguments today in a court in Birmingham on behalf of approximately 250 HIV-positive Alabama inmates whose rights, they say, are being violated under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

 

Some Alabama prisoners allege that they are unfairly penalized for being HIV-positive and have taken their accusations of discrimination to a federal court. On Monday, lawyers from the American Civil Liberties Union began arguments in a Birmingham court on behalf of approximately 250 HIV-positive Alabama inmates whose rights, they say, are being violated under the Americans with Disabilities Act.  Pop star Elton John, founder of the Elton John AIDS foundation, wrote a letter in response to the inmate’s tribulations.

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