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California Settles Former Parolee's Untreated HIV and Delayed Release Suit for $2,500

Bradley G. Dreher was a California parolee when he learned that he was HIV-positive. He was seeking treatment, but was arrested and incarcerated for alleged parole violations before he could begin a treatment regimen. He remained in the Solano County Jail for over three weeks and was incarcerated at the San Quentin State Prison for over six weeks before being given any treatment for HIV despite the jail and prison officials being aware of his HIV-positive status. He contracted spinal meningitis requiring two weeks of hospitalization, allegedly due to his HIV-weakened condition. Upon his return to San Quentin from the hospital, he was housed with a prisoner who had tuberculosis. His request for a transfer was refused and he contracted tuberculosis.

By this time, five months had passed since his arrest. He was finally given a parole hearing and was exonerated and ordered released from custody. However, the release did not occur for another three weeks.

Dreher filed a civil rights action in state court complaining of deliberate indifference to serious medical needs, Americans with Disabilities Act violations and intentionally delayed release. On July 7, 2008, the suit was settled for $2,500 including attorney fees and costs. By that time, the court had dismissed all defendants except one prison official, Jill Brown, from the suit. Dreher was represented by Redwood City attorney Michael E. Adams. See: Dreher v. Brown, Marin Co. Superior Court, Case No. CV 065188.

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