ACLU http://apr.org en Judge Approves Deal In Ala. Prison Case Over HIV http://apr.org/post/judge-approves-deal-ala-prison-case-over-hiv <p></p><p>A federal judge has approved a settlement to end the segregation of HIV-positive inmates in Alabama prisons.</p><p>U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson issued an opinion Monday saying the agreement isn&#39;t perfect but can take effect.</p><p>Female inmates already are living with other prisoners at the state&#39;s lone women&#39;s prison, and male inmates will be integrated into the general prison population next year.</p> Mon, 30 Sep 2013 21:26:59 +0000 The Associated Press 38869 at http://apr.org Judge Approves Deal In Ala. Prison Case Over HIV Judge To Rule On Fairness Of Deal In Ala. HIV Case http://apr.org/post/judge-rule-fairness-deal-ala-hiv-case <p>A judge is set to rule on the fairness of a settlement ending the segregation of HIV-infected inmates in Alabama prisons.</p><p></p><p>U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson held a hearing on the agreement Thursday at Limestone prison near Harvest. Another hearing was held earlier this week at the state women&#39;s prison in Wetumpka.</p><p>An American Civil Liberties Union attorney representing prisoners, Margaret Winter, quotes Thompson as saying he will release a decision by midnight Monday.</p> Thu, 26 Sep 2013 22:13:30 +0000 The Associated Press 38643 at http://apr.org Judge To Rule On Fairness Of Deal In Ala. HIV Case Putting An End To Segregating HIV Prisoners In Alabama http://apr.org/post/putting-end-segregating-hiv-prisoners-alabama <p><span style="line-height:115%; font-size:12pt"><font face="Calibri">Last week, the Alabama Department of Corrections announced the end of its practice of segregating prisoners with HIV. This came as a result of a successful lawsuit filed by the ACLU. Former inmate Louis Henderson is HIV positive and was one of the lead plaintiffs in the lawsuit. Alabama Public Radio's Ryan Vasquez recently spoke with Henderson, and asked&nbsp;about his experience in the Alabama prison system and what the end of the segregation policy means to him.</font></span></p> Wed, 11 Sep 2013 21:57:47 +0000 Ryan Vasquez 37711 at http://apr.org Putting An End To Segregating HIV Prisoners In Alabama Alabama Abortion Law Enforcement To Get Delayed http://apr.org/post/alabama-abortion-law-enforcement-get-delayed <p>Alabama's new law setting stricter requirements for abortion doctors likely won't be enforced this year.</p><p>ACLU and Planned Parenthood attorneys challenging the law and state attorneys defending the law told a federal judge Friday that they want the law kept on hold until March 24, 2014, while they develop their cases. U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson indicated he would go along with the timeline proposed by both sides.</p> Fri, 19 Jul 2013 21:41:17 +0000 The Associated Press 34504 at http://apr.org Alabama Abortion Law Enforcement To Get Delayed ACLU Opposing Ala Requirement for Prison Visits http://apr.org/post/aclu-opposing-ala-requirement-prison-visits <P>The American Civil Liberties Union is criticizing a new policy that requires Alabama prison visitors to have their fingerprints scanned.</P> <P>David Fathi of the ACLU's National Prison Project tells the Montgomery Advertiser (<A href="http://bit.ly/TbxlpG"><U><FONT color=#0000ff>http://bit.ly/TbxlpG</FONT></U></A> ) the new rule is "extreme."</P> <P>Fathi says no other state has such a requirement. Tue, 04 Sep 2012 13:18:42 +0000 The Associated Press 17296 at http://apr.org ACLU Opposing Ala Requirement for Prison Visits