Alabama
10:37 am
Thu July 22, 2004

Alabama Inmate Seeks Settlement

Wetumpka, AL – A Tutwiler Prison inmate told a judge she hopes a settlement of a lawsuit over conditions at the prison will be approved. Estella Carter told U-S District Judge Myron Thompson she's been denied medication for her heart problems, high blood pressure and diabetes while at Tutwiler. Thompson toured the prison in 2002 and declared it unconstitutionally unsafe. He returned Wednesday for another tour and to hear from prisoners. The settlement calls for a doctor, mental health expert and attorneys and advocates from the Southern Center for Human Rights to supervise the prison for four years to make sure the state is following the rules.