Prison-HIV Segregation
4:27 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

Inmate Testifies About Prison's HIV Policies

Credit AP Photo/Jamie MartinAn 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.Edit | Remove

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.

The inmate, 40-year-old Dana Harley, testified at the hearing at Tutwiler in Wetumka before U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson. The purpose of the hearing was for Thompson to determine if a proposed settlement of a lawsuit challenging the policy was fair. Thompson is not expected to rule until after another hearing Thursday at Limestone Correctional Facility.

The hearing at Tutwiler was closed to the news media and the public.

In an interview Monday with The Associated Press, Harley said life has been better since she and seven other HIV-infected moved into dormitories with other prisoners at Tutwiler, which holds about 700 women.