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Ala., SC, Alone In Segregating HIV Inmates

Birmingham, AL – 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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