The Chicago Tribune reported on the ACLU of Illinois’ lawsuit against the Bureau County Sheriff for not providing an inmate, Arick Buckles, with his HIV medication for a week. The ACLU has heard complaints like these before, and ACLU attorney John Knight wants to ensure that this practice stops.
"The ACLU regularly hears these complaints about jails and prisons," Knight said. HIV drugs are expensive and jail personnel don't always understand how important it is for patients to take them consistently. Bias against people infected with HIV contributes to the problem, Knight said.