Alabama no longer bars HIV inmates from work release programs

From the Associated Press:  

Kathryn Canty, an inmate at Julia Tutwiler Prison for Women, sits beside her bed at the prison’s HIV ward, on Monday, March 17, 2008, in Wetumpka, Ala. Until August 2009, Alabama barred prisoners with HIV from work-release programs. Canty’s sentence was up last year, and she said work release would have helped her keep up with technology and other work-related issues.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Alabama has shed the distinction of being the only state to bar inmates with HIV from work release programs.

The American Civil Liberties Union has fought to end the practice for decades and on Thursday praised the Alabama Department of Corrections for doing so this week.


Corrections officials say all eligible prisoners with HIV have been approved to participate in the work release program and will be transferred to work release facilities


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