Thursday, October 2, 2008

Commercial Appeal: Activist urges AIDS tests, condoms in Shelby County Jail

Reaction mixed on warning of 'epidemic'
Memphis Commercial Appeal [Link]
By Alex Doniach, Thursday, October 2, 2008

HIV and AIDS among inmates in the Shelby County Jail is an "epidemic," activist Novella Smith Arnold told members of the County Commission on Wednesday.

Her solution? Hand out condoms to inmates and require testing.

"AIDS is still alive and well," Arnold told the commission's law enforcement committee. "It's still coming out of the jail to the black community, and our black women are suffering from this virus, and they're dying. ... I want you all to please put condoms in the jail."