Judge OKs deal to end Ala. HIV inmate segregation

by The Associated Press
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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – A federal judge has approved a settlement to end the segregation of HIV-positive inmates in Alabama prisons.

U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson issued an opinion Monday saying the agreement isn’t perfect but can take effect.

Female inmates with HIV already are living with other prisoners at the state’s lone women’s prison, and male inmates will be integrated into the general prison population next year.

Thompson sided with prisoners in December and ordered the Department of Corrections to quit making HIV-positive inmates live in housing areas away from other prisoners. Thompson held two hearings last week on the resulting settlement.

The American Civil Liberties Union represents inmates who sued to end the practice. Thompson approved $1.3 million in legal fees and expenses that will have to be paid by the state.

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