Alabama HIV inmates

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.

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.

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.

AP Photo/Jamie Martin

State officials say they'll no longer segregate HIV-positive prison inmates from the general population.

   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.

AP Photo/Jamie Martin

South Carolina's recent decision to end the segregation of HIV-positive prison inmates leaves Alabama as the last state to continue the practice.

   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.

   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.

Alabama prisons officials are headed to court to defend a long-standing policy that segregates inmates who have tested positive for HIV.

The American Civil Liberties Union says in a lawsuit filed by HIV-positive inmates the policy is unconstitutional and makes it difficult for some prisoners to participate in prison programs.

A lawsuit challenging Alabama's segregation of inmates with HIV is going to trial.

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.

Prison Commissioner Kim Thomas said the state won a similar case in 1999 and is prepared for trial on this one.