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Dying Inside

The HIV/AIDS Ward at Limestone Prison

Benjamin Fleury-Steiner (author) Carla Crowder (with)

ISBN: 9780472114290

Publication Date: Dec 2008

Format: Hardback

At Limestone Prison, the Alabama State Department of Corrections reserves Dorm 16 exclusively for inmates infected with HIV. This book takes readers for a visit to the Limestone infirmary where patients lie chained to beds while insects and rodents run freely through filthy, drafty rooms.
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Welcome to Dorm 16. Here at Limestone Prison, the Alabama State Department of Corrections reserves this ward exclusively for inmates infected with HIV. "Dying Inside" takes the reader for a visit to the Limestone infirmary where patients lie chained to beds while insects and rodents run freely through filthy, drafty rooms.Admittedly, Dorm 16 is a particularly horrific human rights tragedy. But it is also a symptom of a disease afflicting the entire U.S. prison system. Since the 1980s, prison populations have burgeoned as Americans made mass incarceration the favored solution to crime, drugs, and other social problems. At the same time, in an effort to save tax dollars, states granted the provision of prison dining, security, and healthcare services to private corporations. The result is an overcrowded, underfunded system permitting the dehumanization of prisoners, especially the terminally ill.Drawing on intensive analysis of detailed medical reports, interviews with lawyers and activists, and former prisoners, authors Benjamin Fleury-Steiner and Carla Crowder combine dramatic narrative with critical analysis. Their call for a reevaluation of America's penal institutions cannot be ignored.

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This fresh and original study of the abusive, degrading, and inadequate treatment of segregated prisoners with HIV/AIDS in Alabama's Limestone prison should prick all of our consciences about the horrific consequences of the massive carceral state the United States has built over the last three decades. - Marie Gottschalk, University of Pennsylvania and author of The Prison and the Gallows: The Politics of Mass Incarceration in America
Pages 264
Date Published 30 Dec 2008
Publisher University of Michigan Press
Series Law, Meaning & Violence
Subject/s Prisons   AIDS: social aspects  
Benjamin Fleury-Steiner is Associate Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice at the University of Delaware. Carla Crowder, a former reporter for the Brimingham News, has written extensively about prison issues.

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