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Sentenced to stigma : segregation of HIV-positive prisoners in Alabama and South Carolina.

Author: Megan McLemore; Human Rights Watch (Organization); American Civil Liberties Union.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Human Rights Watch : American Civil Liberties Union, ©2010.
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This report focuses on the practice of segregating prisoners who are HIV-positive from the rest of the prison population in Alabama, South Carolina and Mississippi. When prisoners with HIV are segregated, they are forced to forfeit many of their rights, while at the same time they are subject to an atmosphere of prejudice, stigma and hostility from staff and other prisoners. Prisoners in the HIV units are forced to  Read more...
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McLemore, Megan.
Sentenced to stigma.
New York, N.Y. : Human Rights Watch : American Civil Liberties Union, ©2010
(OCoLC)741518524
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Megan McLemore; Human Rights Watch (Organization); American Civil Liberties Union.
ISBN: 9781564326157 1564326152
OCLC Number: 609153680
Notes: "Written by Megan McLemore with contributions from Roona Ray"--Acknowledgements.
"April 2010"--Page following title page.
Description: 49 pages ; 27 cm
Contents: Executive summary --
Recommendations --
Methodology --
Background --
Human Rights Standards --
Findings --
State arguments for continuing to segregate prisoners with HIV --
Segregation is bad public policy --
Conclusion.
Other Titles: Segregation of HIV-positive prisoners in Alabama and South Carolina
United States, sentenced to stigma

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This report focuses on the practice of segregating prisoners who are HIV-positive from the rest of the prison population in Alabama, South Carolina and Mississippi. When prisoners with HIV are segregated, they are forced to forfeit many of their rights, while at the same time they are subject to an atmosphere of prejudice, stigma and hostility from staff and other prisoners. Prisoners in the HIV units are forced to wear armbands or other indicators of their HIV status, are forced to eat and even worship separately, and are denied equal participation in prison jobs, programs, and re-entry opportunities that facilitate their transition back into society. Taken together, these conditions constitute inhuman and degrading treatment in violation of international law. After reviewing the findings of this report, Mississippi agreed to end its long-standing policy of segregation. Now, only in two states, Alabama and South Carolina, do prison officials systematically isolate, marginalize and exclude this population without medical justification.

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