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NCJ Number: 168059 Find in a Library
Title: ACE Against the Odds
Project Director: D Levine
Date Published: 1996
Page Count: 0
Sponsoring Agency: Women's Prison Assoc
New York, NY 10003
Sale Source: Women's Prison Assoc
110 Second Avenue
New York, NY 10003
United States of America
Type: Program/Project Description
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This video profiles the AIDS Counseling and Education Program (ACE) in the Bedford women's prison in New York State.
Abstract: The video uses no narration. It consists of comments by women who are participating in the ACE Program and portrays the various ACE activities as they unfold. Participants explain that ACE is an inmate-operated counseling and educational program designed both to prevent AIDS transmission and to provide counseling, guidance, and support for women inmates who have HIV or AIDS. Participants note that can share their feelings with ACE members because their experiences are similar; whereas, they would be reluctant to share these feelings with professional staff. The video portrays an ACE workshop in which participants conduct a role play that explores the dynamics of interactions among lesbian women involved in the feelings and decisions associated with AIDS transmission. Another ACE activity portrayed is AIDS orientation for new inmates. ACE participants also provide services and support for AIDS patients who are in the prison hospital. ACE members explain what it is like to provide support for a dying friend. The video concludes with action shots and comments of one of the ACE members being released from prison. She speaks of her positive experience in having the friendships and support provided by ACE.
Main Term(s): AIDS/HIV in correctional facilities
Index Term(s): AIDS/HIV education; Female inmates; Inmate peer counseling; Inmate preventive health education; New York; Offender participation programs
Note: Color VHS video, 30 minutes.
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