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Politics & Government
6:32 am
Wed June 12, 2013

Groups Challenge Alabama's New Abortion Clinic Law

A rally at the capitol today drew both protestors and supporters of an abortion clinic regulation bill.
Julie Bennett / al.com

The American Civil Liberties Union and Planned Parenthood have filed suit in federal court challenging a new Alabama law placing stricter regulations on abortion clinics.

   The suit filed Tuesday in Montgomery says the regulations are medically unnecessary and would shut down three of the state's five abortion clinics.

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HIV Inmates-Alabama
4:28 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

Judge Blocks Ala. Policy Of Segregating HIV Inmates

A judge has blocked Alabama's policy of segregating HIV inmates calling it a violation of federal law.
Credit Ryan Vasquez

A judge has struck down Alabama's policy of segregating prison inmates with HIV, ruling that it violates federal law.


U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson ruled Friday in favor of inmates who filed suit to end the longstanding practice. Thompson says the state's policy violates federal disabilities law.


Thompson says the state and inmate attorneys will have time to propose a way to bring state prisons into compliance with his order.


The American Civil Liberties Union calls the decision "historic." The state has yet to comment on the ruling.

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Alabama HIV Inmates
11:44 am
Wed November 21, 2012

HIV Positive Inmates Seek Equality In Alabama's Prisons

Limestone Correction Facility is where Alabama sends all of it's HIV positive male inmates.
Credit http://www.doc.state.al.us/ / Alabama Department of Corrections

Here in Alabama, prisoners with HIV are segregated from the rest of the prison population. This makes Alabama just one of two states that still does this. Prison officials say it’s for the safety of the inmates, but some prisoners say it’s unfair and a violation of privacy. The American Civil Liberties Union is suing the state on behalf of prisoners to end the segregation. Alabama Public Radio’s Ryan Vasquez spoke with the man at the center of the issue... 

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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
8:18 am
Tue September 4, 2012

ACLU Opposing Ala Requirement for Prison Visits

The American Civil Liberties Union is criticizing a new policy that requires Alabama prison visitors to have their fingerprints scanned.


David Fathi of the ACLU's National Prison Project tells the Montgomery Advertiser (http://bit.ly/TbxlpG ) the new rule is "extreme."


Fathi says no other state has such a requirement. He says it's a barrier to people visiting state prisoners.


Prison spokesman Brian Corbett says the policy began last month as the department upgraded its computer systems.

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