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Judge rules segregating HIV inmates violates federal law

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U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson ruled Friday in favor of inmates who filed suit to end the longstanding practice of segregating prison inmates who are HIV positive.  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.

Alabama and South Carolina are the only states that segregate HIV-positive prisoners.

There is one part of the suit that Judge Thompson must still rule on, and that is the part of the suit involving work-release inmates.

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