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Corrections Updates 2013 PDF Print
Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Updated Illinois HIV Criminalization Law

Illinois modified its HIV criminalization law in August 2012. These changes create an increased legal standard to prosecute for HIV exposure, limit activities that can be prosecuted under the law, and provide protections for individuals who engage in safer-sex behaviors such as using condoms to protect against the spread of HIV. Click here to read more about how the law has changed.

Read more about advocacy to end the criminalization of HIV here.


NMAC Releases Report on HIV/AIDS and Corrections

The National Minority AIDS Council and Housing Works released a report in February 2013 on the effects of incarceration and HIV/AIDS on marginalized communities. The report, titled Mass Incarceration, Housing Instability, and HIV/AIDS, provides research findings and policy recommendations to improve health outcomes for ex-offenders.

Click here to download the full report.


REPEAL HIV Discrimination Act Reintroduced in Congress

U.S. Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) reintroduced the Repeal Existing Policies that Encourage and Allow Legal (REPEAL) HIV Criminalization Act in May 2013. This legislation requires a review of all federal and state laws, policies, and regulations that regard the criminal prosecution of individuals for HIV-related offenses, and creates incentives and support for states to reform existing regulations that use the criminal law to target those with HIV.

Click here to read more about the REPEAL HIV Criminalization Act and the organizations and individuals who support it.

Click here to add your name or organization to the list.

Chicago HIV advocate denied meds in jail PDF Print
Wednesday, June 29, 2011

In 2010, Chicago advocate and Illinois Alliance for Sound AIDS Policy leader Arick Buckles was denied lifesaving HIV medications for 7 days while detained at an Illinois county jail.  This denial underscores the vulnerability of people with HIV to inadequate medical care behind bars, with potentially life-threatening consequences.

Thanks to partner ACLU of Illinois, Arick told his story to the local and national press to make sure others in his situation are treated fairly in the future. 

ACLU press release and letters to correctional authorities.

Chicago Sun-Times story
Read the AP story

Outside the Walls: Life Beyond HIV PDF Print
Friday, April 15, 2011

This video is an educational, inspirational, and personal account from two formerly incarcerated individuals who have taken control of the health care upon release from prison. The purpose of this video is to help encourage dialogue around re-entry planning for people living with HIV, making health care a priority, knowing one’s status, and getting regular HIV tests. Once post-incarcerated individuals receive assistance through the AIDS Foundation of Chicago, their case managers can help them get access to resources and to establish a network of care and support.

Get the full video here.


1. To educate inmates who are HIV-positive, or do not know they are HIV-positive, about coordinated re-entry programs for ex-offenders living with HIV/AIDS.
2. To help promote the services provided by re-entry programs and agencies that serve HIV-positive, post-incarcerated individuals in Illinois.
3. To help HIV-positive post-incarcerated individuals in making their health a priority.
4. To reassure HIV-positive inmates that they are not alone in their struggle to rebuild their lives, post-incarceration.


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