Legal News

HIV Prison Segregation Ends in Alabama
Download PDF
1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (No Ratings Yet)
Loading...

On Friday, U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson ruled to end the segregation of prisoners with HIV in Alabama on the grounds that it violates the Americans with Disabilities Act. Following the judgment, South Carolina remains the only state in US to still practice segregating HIV inmates from the general prison population.

Judge Thompson wrote, “It is evident that, while the … segregation policy has been an unnecessary tool for preventing the transmission of HIV, it has been an effective one for humiliating and isolating prisoners living with the disease.”

The lawsuit on behalf of HIV-positive inmates in Alabama was filed by American Civil Liberties Union. The ACLU argued that the practice was discriminatory and prevented HIV-positive inmates from taking part in retraining and rehabilitation programs, which are crucial for adjusting to life after prison.

  
What
Where


People who are in favor of ending such segregation say that medical facts and research clearly shows that HIV/AIDS is transmitted by behavior and not by environment. Hence, segregation of people suffering from HIV/AIDS does nothing more to prevent its spread than ostracizing them further.

Two of Alabama’s 29 prisons had dormitories specifically meant for prisoners with HIV. At present, inmates suffering from HIV, live, eat and exercise apart from other prison inmates, and male inmates in the HIV dormitories have to were white armbands to indicate to others that they are suffering from HIV.

Court documents show a letter by a former prisoner with HIV who was also a plaintiff in the case. Dana Harley, the plaintiff wrote that being isolated like contagious animals felt like “punishment three times over.”

Get JD Journal in Your Mail

Subscribe to our FREE daily news alerts and get the latest updates on the most happening events in the legal, business, and celebrity world. You also get your daily dose of humor and entertainment!!






 

RELEVANT JOBS

Claim Consultant

USA-MI-Grand Rapids

We’re looking for a medical or legal professional who’s looking for a change of pace, re...

Apply now

Associate Attorney - $65,000 minimum to start (more for experience)

USA-FL-Saint Augustine Beach

ST. AUGUSTINE ASSOCIATE ATTORNEY Membership in Good Standing with Florida Bar and able to re...

Apply now

Litigation Attorney

USA-FL-Fort Lauderdale

Seeking a qualified Transactional Attorney with experience in litigation, covenant enforcement and c...

Apply now

Bankruptcy and Restructuring Partner / Associate

USA-OH-Cleveland

Buckley King is seeking both a partner and a mid-level associate to represent both creditors and deb...

Apply now

BCG FEATURED JOB

Locations:

Keyword:



Search Now

Litigation Associate Attorney

USA-FL-Maitland

Maitland office of our client seeks litigation associate attorney with 2+ years of experience in def...

Apply Now

Litigation Associate Attorney

USA-NC-Charlotte

Charlotte office of our client seeks associate attorney with 1-3 years of civil litigation. The cand...

Apply Now

Litigation Attorney at Law

USA-NJ-Eatontown

Eatontown office of our client seeks litigation attorney at law with experience. The candidate shoul...

Apply Now

Most Popular

SEARCH IN ARCHIVE

To Top