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Judge approves deal in Alabama prison case over HIV

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A federal judge has approved a settlement to end the segregation of HIV-positive inmates in Alabama prisons.  U.S. District Judge, Myron Thompson, says that the agreement isn't perfect, but can take effect.  Infected females inmates are already living with other prisoners, at Julia Tutwiler Prison for Women in Wetumpka.  Male inmates will be integrated in to the general prison population next year.

Thompson held two hearings last week on the resulting settlement.  He also 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. 

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