BIRMINGHAM, Ala (WBRC-TV MyFoxAL.com)—BARRED BY HIV
Advocates: Alabama alone bars HIV inmates from work release
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- Tutwiler prison inmate Kathryn Canty has
all the qualities of a prime work release candidate. She has a good
behavior record, less than three years left to serve and an
accounting degree along with several vocational certificates. But
she also has HIV.
And prisoner advocates say Alabama is the only state with a
prison system that bars those inmates with HIV from participating
in work release.
Canty finishes her 4 1/2-year sentence next month.
Describing herself as a worker, Canty says work release would
have been a great help for her to catch up with technology as well
as saving money to get back on her feet.
Work release is the closest thing to freedom behind bars in
Alabama, allowing select inmates to hold free-world jobs, earn
money, wear plain clothes and spend the day without supervision of
Scoring a spot in the program is coveted, but inmates have to