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.
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 about his experience in the Alabama prison system and what the end of the segregation policy means to him.
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.
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.
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.