[Fwd: Fwd) Prisoner killed in condom riot at Jamaica prison]

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>Subject: Prisoner killed in condom riot at Jamaica prison >

>Prisoner killed in condom riot at Jamaica prison > >KINGSTON, Jamaica (Reuter) - A prisoner was stabbed to death in a riot >sparked by a proposal to distribute condoms to Jamaican inmates to stop the >spread of the AIDS virus, the Jamaica Observer reported Thursday. > >Leston McKenzie, 33, serving a life sentence in Kingston's General >Penitentiary, was stabbed to death by other prisoners who accused him of >being a homosexual, and two other inmates were attacked, the newspaper >reported. > >Prison officials confirmed they were investigating a prisoner's death. > >In a radio interview Tuesday, Corrections Commissioner John Prescod said he >was considering issuing condoms in the prisons ''to arrest this problem of >HIV/AIDS immediately without any stigma to the inmates.'' > >Prison guards went on >>strike<< and called for Prescod's resignation, >saying he was encouraging homosexuality in the jails. > >Soldiers were deployed to quell the disturbance after the >>strike<< began. >Several >>trade<< >>unions<< have announced support for the guards' >>>strike<<. > >Prescod said Wednesday that 85 percent of Jamaican inmates infected with >HIV were among a small group of 100 in a single location. Jamaica's current >prison population is more than 2,000. He said his intention was to >encourage safe sex and ``any misunderstanding by the staff is >regrettable.'' > >Last week, the government freed five HIV-infected prisoners on >``humanitarian considerations.'' A mandatory AIDS-testing program for >inmates ended two years ago because of a lack of funds. > >Since the AIDS epidemic began, there have been 2,301 reported cases in >Jamaica, 1,265 of whom have died. > > >> In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. section 107, this material is distributed without profit or payment to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving this information for non-profit research and educational purposes only.

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