HARVEST, Ala. (AP) — A judge is set to rule on the fairness of a settlement ending the segregation of HIV-infected inmates in Alabama prisons after hearing from prisoners about the agreement on Thursday.
U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson held a hearing on the agreement at Limestone prison near Harvest. A separate hearing was held earlier this week at the state women's prison in Wetumpka.
An American Civil Liberties Union attorney representing prisoners, Margaret Winter, quoted Thompson as saying he would issue a decision by midnight Monday.
About 10 HIV-infected prisoners testified about the agreement during the hearing, Winter said, with the most common concern being that they are not set to be moved out of a special unit until June 2014.
"It's not happening fast enough. That was the major complaint," she said.
Prison officials would not allow the media to attend the hearing, citing security concerns, and a department spokesman declined comment on what happened.
Thompson sided with prisoners in December and ordered the state to stop segregating HIV-positive inmates from other prisoners.
Winter said about 200 HIV-positive male inmates now held at Limestone must be integrated into the general prison population. Fewer than 10 women with the virus that causes AIDS already are housed at Tutwiler prison, and they already have been moved into housing areas with other prisoners.