DOJ and South Carolina prisons settle dispute over policy on HIV-positive inmates

  • Posted: Tuesday, October 1, 2013 10:47 a.m.

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The federal government has settled a dispute with South Carolina’s prisons over a policy segregating HIV-positive inmates.

The U.S. Justice Department said Tuesday it has reached an agreement with the Department of Corrections over alleged violations of the Americans With Disabilities Act.

The federal government had been preparing a complaint accusing the agency of denying HIV-positive inmates the opportunity to participate in certain programs and activities.

The settlement follows the Corrections Department’s July announcement it would stop segregating HIV-positive inmates. It gave no date for that process to begin. An agency spokesman said Tuesday the department is in the process of training and educating staff.

South Carolina had been one of two states that separated HIV-positive inmates. Last year, a judge struck down a similar policy in Alabama.

Comments { }

Postandcourier.com is pleased to offer readers the enhanced ability to comment on stories. We expect our readers to engage in lively, yet civil discourse. Postandcourier.com does not edit user submitted statements and we cannot promise that readers will not occasionally find offensive or inaccurate comments posted in the comments area. Responsibility for the statements posted lies with the person submitting the comment, not postandcourier.com. If you find a comment that is objectionable, please click "report abuse" and we will review it for possible removal. Please be reminded, however, that in accordance with our Terms of Use and federal law, we are under no obligation to remove any third party comments posted on our website. Read our full Terms and Conditions.