ACLU files lawsuit against state prison HIV policy

The American Civil Liberties Union of Alabama has filed a federal class action lawsuit. The suit says a state policy that segregates prisoners with HIV from the rest of the prison population is discriminatory and illegal. The suit also says this segregation keeps HIV positive prisoners from participating in critical prison programs and jobs.

The lawsuit also accused the program of denying access for these prisoners to rehabilitative and community re-entry programs and may result in their serving longer sentences.

The department also requires all men with HIV to wear white armbands that publicly discloses their health status, which is in violation of medical ethics and international human rights law.

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