Alabama HIV inmates

HIV Prisoners
5:23 pm
Sun September 29, 2013

Ala. Prisons May Pay $1.3 Million To ACLU Lawyers

Ala. prisons may pay $1.3 million to ACLU lawyers in settlement over the state's policy of segregating HIV prisoners.

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.

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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.

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HIV-positive prison inmates
7:31 am
Thu September 5, 2013

Ala. To Stop Segregating HIV-Positive Inmates

Department of Corrections officials say they've stopped segregating inmates at the Julia Tutwiler Prison for Women. They plan to do the same with male inmates in 2014.
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.

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Politics & Government
7:24 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Ala. Last State to Segregate HIV-Positive Inmates

Inmates in the HIV Ward at Julia Tutwiler Prison for Women in Wetumpka, Ala.
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.

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Politics & Government
8:14 am
Mon September 17, 2012

Trial Begins on Separating Alabama HIV Prisoners

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.

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Politics & Government
7:55 am
Thu September 6, 2012

Suit Over HIV Inmate Segregation Going to Trial

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.