Settlement with ex-inmate with HIV includes policy change

November 14, 2018

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A proposed settlement says a former Michigan inmate with HIV will get $150,000 after he alleged he was given a harsher penalty for alleged sexual activity in 2012 than a non-infected prisoner.

The Grand Rapids Press reports Michigan has agreed to change its policy in assessing inmates with HIV as part of the lawsuit settlement with 47-year-old John Dorn.

He said he spent 11 months in administrative segregation, was given a higher security classification and was sent to a prison in the Upper Peninsula, while the other prisoner only lost privileges for 30 days.

The settlement awaits a judge’s approval. Records say the agreement with the Michigan Department of Corrections isn’t an admission of wrongdoing by either side.

Department spokeswoman Holly Kramer says “all parties are satisfied with the resolution.”


Information from: The Grand Rapids Press, http://www.mlive.com/grand-rapids

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