ADOC Settles Claims Involving Disabled Inmates

AP_426915325598Alabama has agreed to change how inmates with disabilities are treated and housed to settle part of a broader lawsuit over prison medical care.

The proposed agreement was filed Tuesday in federal court in Montgomery.

The state agreed to make sure there are cells and other housing compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, and to make sure inmates can access programs and facilities. The state will also identify inmates with developmental disabilities and mental illness.

The lawsuit contends disabled inmates were kept in facilities that couldn’t safely accommodate them. It also claims they didn’t have access to programs and devices including functioning wheelchairs.

Maria Morris, a Southern Poverty Law Center attorney representing inmates, is praising the agreement. She says prisoners have endured discrimination and hardship for too long.

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