Alabama HIV prison lawsuit 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 Ala. Prisons May Pay $1.3 Million To ACLU Lawyers http://apr.org/post/ala-prisons-may-pay-13-million-aclu-lawyers <p></p><p></p><p>A tentative settlement of a federal lawsuit calls for the Alabama prison system to pay $1.3 million to American Civil Liberties Union attorneys who sued the state over its policy of segregating prisoners with HIV and AIDS.</p><p>All other states except South Carolina have abandoned similar policies. South Carolina plans to move HIV-positive inmates into the main prison population by Jan. 1.</p> Sun, 29 Sep 2013 22:23:46 +0000 The Associated Press 38799 at http://apr.org Ala. Prisons May Pay $1.3 Million To ACLU Lawyers 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 Inmate Testifies About Prison's HIV Policies http://apr.org/post/inmate-testifies-about-prisons-hiv-policies <div class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper card_280 look2" contenteditable="false"><div attribution="Credit AP Photo/Jamie Martin" caption="An inmate at Tutwiler Prison for Women has testified about life in prison under the Alabama prison system's policy of keeping HIV-positive inmates segregated from other inmates. " class="wysiwyg-asset-image" fid="3412" image_style="card_280" uri="public://201307/hiv_prison_inmates.jpg" contenteditable="false"><img alt="" class="pi_assets-image" src="/sites/wual/files/styles/card_280/public/201307/hiv_prison_inmates.jpg"><div class="image-meta-wrapper"><div c Tue, 24 Sep 2013 21:27:14 +0000 The Associated Press 38500 at http://apr.org 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 Ala. To Stop Segregating HIV-Positive Inmates http://apr.org/post/ala-stop-segregating-hiv-positive-inmates <p>State officials say they'll no longer segregate HIV-positive prison inmates from the general population.<br><br>&nbsp;&nbsp; Department of Corrections Commissioner Kim Thomas told AL.com (http://bit.ly/13gjOlc) Wednesday that the department has stopped segregating inmates at the Julia Tutwiler Prison for Women and plans to do the same with male inmates in 2014.<br> Thu, 05 Sep 2013 12:31:51 +0000 The Associated Press 37301 at http://apr.org Ala. To Stop Segregating HIV-Positive Inmates Ala. Last State to Segregate HIV-Positive Inmates http://apr.org/post/ala-last-state-segregate-hiv-positive-inmates <p>South Carolina's recent decision to end the segregation of HIV-positive prison inmates leaves Alabama as the last state to continue the practice.<br><br>&nbsp;&nbsp; A federal judge in 2012 ordered the Alabama Department of Corrections to end segregating HIV-positive inmates from the general prison population after a lawsuit by the American Civil Liberties Union.<br><br>&nbsp;&nbsp; WTVM-TV (http://bit.ly/14RHbkB) reports corrections officials say the case is still in mediation and they're working with the ACLU to resolve the matter.<br> Mon, 15 Jul 2013 12:24:33 +0000 The Associated Press 34151 at http://apr.org Ala. Last State to Segregate HIV-Positive Inmates Judge To Decide Soon In Lawsuit Over Inmates With HIV http://apr.org/post/judge-decide-soon-lawsuit-over-inmates-hiv <p>It's up to a federal judge in Montgomery to decide if the Alabama Department of Corrections can continue to isolate inmates who have tested positive for HIV even though the virus is no longer considered a death sentence.</p><p>Last month, U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson heard arguments made during the month-long trial challenging Alabama's decades-old policy of mostly separating HIV-positive inmates from other prisoners.</p> Tue, 20 Nov 2012 01:41:20 +0000 Ryan Vasquez 20936 at http://apr.org Judge To Decide Soon In Lawsuit Over Inmates With HIV Suit Over HIV Inmate Segregation Going to Trial http://apr.org/post/suit-over-hiv-inmate-segregation-going-trial <p>A lawsuit challenging Alabama's segregation of inmates with HIV is going to trial.</p><p>U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson issued an order Wednesday rejecting the state prison system's request to dismiss the suit on Wednesday. That means the trial will begin Sept. 17 in Montgomery.</p><p>Prison Commissioner Kim Thomas said the state won a similar case in 1999 and is prepared for trial on this one.</p> Thu, 06 Sep 2012 12:55:03 +0000 The Associated Press 17424 at http://apr.org Suit Over HIV Inmate Segregation Going to Trial