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HIV Inmates and ACLU Take Alabama to Court Over Segregation

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Alabama prisoners who say they are unfairly penalized for being HIV-positive are taking their accusations of discrimination to federal court today.

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Phyllis P (237)
Tuesday September 18, 2012, 10:40 am
Alabama prisoners who say they are unfairly penalized for being HIV-positive are taking their accusations of discrimination to federal court today.

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.

The lawsuit was the subject of an impassioned letter in the Washington Post this weekend by pop star Elton John, founder of the Elton John AIDS foundation.

"If you want to know what it was like to live with HIV/AIDS in the 1980s, state prisons in Alabama or South 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."

The prisoners can also get in trouble for mixing with the general population. 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.


Cher C (1430)
Tuesday September 18, 2012, 5:20 pm

Thnx sweetie!


Jim P (3257)
Tuesday September 18, 2012, 5:40 pm
Discrimmination is against the law.

Only two states have segregation for HIV-positive. Alabama and North Carolina.

45 days disciplinary for mixing during lunch... Oh please...

Ty, Phyllis.

Esther Z (94)
Tuesday September 18, 2012, 5:42 pm
Noted. Thanks for posting the story, Phyllis.

Cam V (417)
Tuesday September 18, 2012, 7:01 pm
Why are they being segregated? I don't get this unless they are a danger to the rest of the prisioners. Perhaps they are?

Past Member (0)
Wednesday September 19, 2012, 1:56 am
Thanks for the update.

Roxie H (350)
Wednesday September 19, 2012, 9:26 am
mixing during lunch? wow o.0

Ginger Geronimo (438)
Wednesday September 19, 2012, 11:39 am
Alabama can be so screwed up. I should know. I've lived there for 35 years.

Robert O (12)
Wednesday September 19, 2012, 1:20 pm

Past Member (0)
Wednesday September 19, 2012, 4:37 pm
Thanks, noted.

Talya H (10)
Wednesday September 19, 2012, 4:53 pm
Thanks for the share!

Kathy C (354)
Wednesday September 19, 2012, 8:48 pm
I've been watching too much Investigation Discovery these days:)
I have to wonder what they are in prison for,,, if they are non violent offenders then they have my support.
Those that rape and murder do not.

Nancy C (806)
Thursday September 20, 2012, 5:54 am
Long live Troy Davis...I could not get sexual abuse in prison out of my mind. Whether this is the reason why the HIV prisoners are wrist banded and isolated or not, the injustice should be investigated. The chance for rehab and training in work-release programs should not be denied them. When violent offenders are not in imprisoned for life, we must make every effort to give them a foundation for return into society or the circle of violence will continue. Cases are not always handled with the wisest of sentencing judgements. Interesting to hear Elton John's words...

TomCat S (129)
Thursday September 20, 2012, 8:26 am
In the prison where I do volunteer work, HIV positive prisoners are just general population, without incident.

Alicia N (87)
Thursday September 20, 2012, 12:50 pm

Justin M (2)
Thursday September 20, 2012, 6:08 pm

Dee C (229)
Thursday September 20, 2012, 10:36 pm
I can't believe they get away with this..
Thanks Phyllis..


Jenny Dooley (830)
Friday September 21, 2012, 10:13 pm
Thank you for the update.

Carol D (346)
Monday September 24, 2012, 2:47 pm
Any results on this yet!?

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Saturday March 16, 2013, 5:05 pm
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