Ala., SC, alone in segregating HIV inmates

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - A new report says the states of Alabama
and South Carolina are alone in continuing to segregate prison
inmates with the virus that causes AIDS, and it's calling for an
end to the practice.

The American Civil Liberties Union and Human Rights Watch
released a study Wednesday that's critical of the way both states
treat HIV-positive prisoners. The report says keeping the prisoners
apart from other inmates is a pointless violation of inmates'
rights.

Both states say the policy helps prevent the spread of HIV in
prison, and neither plans to end the current system.

Mississippi recently said it would end the practice of keeping
HIV-positive prisoners in separate housing.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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