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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. " If you want to know what it was like to live with HIV/AIDS in the 1980s, state prisons in Alabama orSouth Carolina in 2012 offer some tragic examples ," John wrote. " But HIV is no longer a death sentence; simply having the virus merits neither cruel and unusual punishment nor the denial of opportunities to earn one's way back into society ." HIV-positive inmates are forced to wear white armbands, they are isolated from the general prison population, and are excluded from work-release and rehabilitation programs, under the current policies of the Alabama Department of Correction. The latter restriction delays or harms their transition back into society, according to the suit. If they're caught integrating with the general population, the prisoners can also get in trouble. Albert Knox, a prisoner named as a plaintiff in the suit, spent 45 days in a disciplinary segregation cell after he ate lunch with non-HIV prisoners he met through a substance abuse program offered at the prison. The lawsuit alleges that the segregation is " stigmatizing and humiliating ." The court denied the state's request to dismiss the suit on the grounds that the ACLU had failed to prove that there would be no risk of infection to other prisoners if the HIV patients were fully integrated, which set the stage for arguments that began on Monday about whether the policy violates the rights of the inmates. Alabama and South Carolina are the only states that continue to separate HIV-positive inmates from the general population in state prisons. According to the lawsuit, many states adopted similar policies in the 1980s at the height of the "public fear over the HIV/AIDS epidemic." But by 1994, only six states maintained separate populations, and by 2003, only three states continued to keep HIV-positive inmates apart from the general population, according to the suit. In 2010, the Mississippi Department of Corrections ended its separation policy, leaving Alabama and South Carolina as the only states to continue with inmate separation. Do you believe HIV-positive inmates in Alabama are being stigmatized? The post HIV-Positive Inmates In Alabama Allege They Are Being Violated appeared first on Black Like Moi .

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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  1. e liquid wholesale HIV-Positive Inmates In Alabama Allege They Are Being Violated | Your Black World

  2. by being violated is how they became hiv poz.

    lets me guess claims of racism emerge.

    besides black males a more like to pick up hiv since they are
    closely related to monkeys ( the origin of hiv)

  3. It happens in repitition over and over again, the laws are slanted that sometimes a non violent offender is locked away with violent offenders, if a man rapes another man it is a trauma, it also goes against GODS LAW. If a man should lay with another man and it is his choice to, then he or they chose to have intercourse. When a person infected is denyed access to care, mental health support and education then we are looking at another spike in infection. While we as activist protest for condoms in schools jails because the reality is that these same person's who are incarserated will some day be released. I am for testing upon release and testing while you are inside. Are we really trying to get to zero or is it lip service. I am cliffwms44 and I am HIV+.

  4. This disease should not be in prison but because you have men and boys who are being raped over and over again because they don’t have protection from prison officals and then there are those who are having sex with men for pleasure and they pass this virus from one man to another and now they want to say they are being mistreated well they wouldn’t have it in the first place if they weren’t committing homosexuality and forcing themselves on others

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