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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.”

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

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