This past January, our paper had an article on page 6 about HIV treatment at the ACI, RI’s prison. RI leads the nation in HIV treatment for prisoners with its ‘Project Bridge’, bridging the 3 months before release with 18 months after release.
This June, Street Sights gave our Humanitarian Award to the “Center for Prisoner Health & Human Rights” for their continued work at the prison since 1980. This “dedicated team works with this stigmatized and forgotten side of the society” we said in the award.
Dr. Josiah Rich, an infectious disease specialist and Professor of Medicine and Community Health is co-director of the Center. He has over 15 years practice at the ACI.
Because of his work, Brown University’s “Prison Discussion Group” invited Dr. Rich to present a discussion of his work to their group. The evening’s event was called “Medical and Public Health Opportunities in the Setting of Mass Incarceration.” Dr. Rich stated “Prisoners have a right to treatment.”
The Prison Discussion Group meets weekly in Room 105, Wilson Hall, on the main green at Brown University, Wednesday evenings at 8 p.m. Staff and students attend. The public is invited to attend and join in at any of their group meetings. Email contact person: firstname.lastname@example.org .