July 9, 2013
HIV-Positive NY Man Loses Civil Confinement Trial
A unanimous jury verdict keeps Nushawn Williams, a convicted HIV-positive sex offender, in custody under New York State’s civil confinement law, YNN reports. Williams has completed a 12-year sentence for transmitting HIV to at least 13 women, but the law allows the state to indefinitely keep in its custody people with a “mental abnormality” and who are likely to commit crimes. A hearing date to determine how the confinement will proceed has yet to be set. Williams could be confined to a secure treatment facility or be under strict supervision and treatment at home. If confined to his home, his case would be reviewed every two years and Williams could eventually be eligible for release. His defense questioned his HIV status and the jury outcome.
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