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NCJ Number: 118881 Find in a Library
Title: AIDS Behind Bars: Prison Responses and Judicial Deference
Journal: Temple Law Review  Volume:62  Issue:1  Dated:(Spring 1989)  Pages:327-354
Author(s): I Lambrou
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 28
Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The fear and ignorance about AIDS (acquired immune deficiency syndrome) that motivated early restrictive segregation and testing measures for inmates have lost force in the face of greater medical knowledge and can no longer be permitted to guide policy decisions.
Abstract: AIDS testing and segregation should be implemented only after careful scrutiny and examination of the alternatives and their respective advantages and disadvantages. Isolation and HTLV-III screening of inmates must be considered last resorts, and education and training programs ought to be the main weapons against AIDS transmission in prisons, since they are the least restrictive of inmates' rights. Condom distribution can be a useful addition to these programs; prisons must adopt a realistic rather than a moralistic policy. Also, the public must recognize that AIDS is a health problem and not a moral issue. The courts, through critical, investigative, and thorough examination of prison administration policy and action, can ensure that inmate rights do not become secondary to public fear and ignorance. 208 footnotes.
Main Term(s): AIDS/HIV in correctional facilities
Index Term(s): AIDS/HIV transmission; Inmate health care
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