Judge in US blocks policy segregating HIV inmates

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Associated Press

Posted on December 21, 2012 at 12:34 PM

Updated Friday, Dec 21 at 12:35 PM

MONTGOMERY, Alabama (AP) — A U.S. judge has struck down Alabama's policy of segregating prison inmates with HIV, ruling that it violates federal disabilities law.

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

The American Civil Liberties Union calls the decision "historic." The state has yet to comment.

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

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