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2:54 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Best News Feature-- Alabama HIV Prisoners


Alabama is one of only two States which segregates prison inmates infected with the virus which causes AIDS. APR’s Ryan Vasquez reports on one former inmate who is challenging the policy with a lawsuit. Albert Knox is on parole, and living in Urbana, Illinois. While serving his sentence, Knox was asked to wear a white wrist band and live and eat in segregated facilities. Once, during a drug rehab meeting, he was asked to join other inmates for lunch. Afterwards, prison guards staged a mass search for his plate and utensils in an effort to prevent Knox from spreading HIV to other inmates. He was later punished for violating prison regulations on prisoners with the virus. Knox is challenging that policy as discrimination.