Jail to pay HIV-infected inmate who was isolated for months

March 22, 2018 - 7:53 pm

FARMERVILLE, La. (AP) - A settlement agreement has resolved a complaint that a Louisiana parish jail kept an HIV-infected prisoner isolated in segregated housing for approximately six months because he has the virus.

The Justice Department's agreement Thursday with the Union Parish Detention Center says the jail posted information on the prisoner's cell door that could allow others to infer his HIV status. The agreement also says a jail staff member deliberately revealed the prisoner's HIV status to another detainee.

The Farmerville detention center agreed to pay the prisoner $27,500 in compensation.

The Justice Department said in a statement that the detention center cooperated with its investigation of the disability discrimination allegations.

The jail's warden, Gary Copes, didn't immediately respond to a phone message left with an assistant warden.

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