The agreement to resolve a class-action lawsuit brought by HIV-positive inmates in Alabama against the state Department of Corrections calls for the integration into the general prison population by Nov. 1, 2014, of the 240 HIV-positive men incarcerated in the state, The Wall Street Journal reported.
Alabama's eight HIV-positive women were integrated into the general population by Aug. 1.
The agreement "will not provide the members of the class with everything that they could possibly desire" but "will nonetheless make a large difference" for them, U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson of the Middle District of Alabama wrote.
HIV-positive inmates no longer will have to wear white armbands indicating their status, which will remain confidential, and prison staff will maintain a zero-tolerance policy for any prisoners who threaten or injure them, the newspaper said.
The Department of Corrections issued a joint statement with the American Civil Liberties Union, saying, "All involved believe it is in the best interest of the ADOC, its inmates and the citizens of the state of Alabama."
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