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AIDS on Parole: Dilemmas in Decision Making

NCJ Number
Criminal Justice Policy Review Volume: 3 Issue: 1 Dated: (1989) Pages: 1-27
J Kleinig; C Lindner
Date Published
27 pages
As a result of the AIDS pandemic, parole practices and policies with respect to confidentiality, public responsibility, institutional accountability, and managerial duty have been placed under new scrutiny.
The limits to privacy and confidentiality in disclosure of HIV status and possible corresponding parole conditions are discussed with reference to case studies. The moral dimensions are emphasized in articulating questions about the legal status given to the willful and knowing engagement of the HIV positive parolee in high-risk behavior. As the transmission of HIV is not a criminal offense, the parolee with HIV seropositivity poses no more danger to the public welfare than another citizen with HIV seropositivity. Responses are sought that balance the plural responsibilities that parole officers and policy-makers have to releasees and their families, to other parole officers, and to the public. Attention is directed to the role of public health services and education. 16 references. (Author abstract modified)


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