Obama administration threatens South Carolina for saving prisoner’s lives

Story here in the Washington Examiner.


Two unpleasant topics of conversation most of us avoid are the epidemic of HIV/AIDS among prison inmates and a variety of sometimes violent events resulting in transmission of the disease. Some states long ago implemented policies to protect the uninfected part of the prison population while providing exceptional medical treatment and counseling to the infected population.

In South Carolina, it has worked so well since 1998 that there has only been a single transmission of HIV/AIDS to a noninfected prisoner. All that may change, however, thanks to a threat from Eric Holder’s Justice Department.

South Carolina received a letter from the now-infamous Civil Rights Division that the policy of keeping infected inmates at a designated facility, instead of scattered across the state in the general prison population, may unfairly stigmatize infected prisoners. To the Obama political appointees in the Civil Rights Division, this constitutes discrimination under the Americans With Disabilities Act.

The Justice Department objects to separate living facilities and specialized medical treatment for the HIV/AIDS prison population. Naturally, DOJ has threatened a lawsuit.

[…]South Carolina spends more than $2 million a year helping infected inmates in the very program the DOJ is challenging. “We couldn’t ever hire specialists at all of the facilities spread across the state like we can in the single Columbia facility,” Ozmint told me.

The DOJ is in a lose-lose situation. Even if DOJ wins a lawsuit, sources tell me South Carolina is simply going to cancel all of the special testing, treatment and counseling, thereby saving the state $2 million a year.

This reminds me of the activists who shut down Catholic adoption agencies because they refuse to place children with same-sex couples. They don’t care about helping people, they care about punishing people who disagree with their politically correct biases.

This is the same DOJ that declined to prosecute the Blank Panthers for voter intimidation, remember.

4 thoughts on “Obama administration threatens South Carolina for saving prisoner’s lives”

  1. Reminds me of the Labour government here, who closed down an outstanding prison, just because it was privately run.

    Apparently they had an incentive to make sure prisoners returned (to retain business) but had cooked up some sort of warped conspiracy to pretend that the opposite was happening…


  2. This is by far one of the dumbest things I have heard in a while. It makes fiscal sense to centralize the care and admin of special needs prisoners. It’s why the federal government has undertaken a project to centralize most of it’s servers – it’s more cost effective to colocate them as opposed to having to have all of the needed staff and supplies to take care of several here and several there – the same principal applies here.


  3. I am guessing that Holder’s group did not think of the individuals suffering from HIV/AIDS. Too bad, this crew is condemning these people to a death sentence.

    For those who don’t know, AIDS suffers do not have an immune system and will be at risk of death due to a cold or something. Nice going!


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