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RELEASE URGED FOR AIDS PRISONERS

A group concerned with prisoners' rights Monday recommended that governors who have the power should grant early release to seriously ill prisoners with AIDS.

A report by the Correctional Association of New York found most prison systems have neither the staff or facilities to care for dying AIDS prisoners. It said they can receive better cared in a hospital, hospice, family residence or private nursing care and early release can save states money.

The group estimates it costs $40,000 per year -- at state cost -- to treat a prisoner infected with the HIV virus and millions more in security costs to treat AIDS prisoners at outside hospital facilities.

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