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The State

The American Civil Liberties Union has filed suit against the state Department of Corrections and the California Institution for Women, alleging improper treatment of AIDS-infected women prisoners. The suit was filed in federal court in Santa Ana on behalf of six women inmates housed at the prison in the San Bernardino County community of Frontera. The inmates are all infected with the human immunodeficiency virus and are kept in an AIDS isolation unit. The complaint charges that women in the isolation unit suffer from inadequate medical and psychiatric care, inhumane conditions, discrimination and unlawful exclusion from prison programs and services.


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