Published in AIDS Weekly, March 16th, 1998
"But now I'm happy, I feel free," said the 28-year-old Dominican immigrant, sitting on his bed under a barred prison window and fingering a Bible.
"I know they can put me in jail forever, but they can't take away my glory, which comes from God."
On this raw winter day, the window frames a sliver of gray sky. Rain is pouring on Rikers Island. Here, about 18,000 people ringed by water and barbed wire await trial for crimes committed in New York City.
At the North Infirmary Command, which houses the men's...
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