HIV inmate segregation

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

   Department of Corrections Commissioner Kim Thomas told ( 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.

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.