Ala. Prisons Promise Change

Suit was filed over disabled inmates.


MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Alabama has agreed to make changes at state prisons to accommodate inmates with disabilities.

A federal judge in June gave preliminary approval to a lawsuit settlement agreement between inmates and the state prison system. The state will have 32 months from final approval to make sure disabled inmates can access education programs and other facilities.

The claims are part of a broader lawsuit over prison medical care.

Disabled inmates said in the 2014 federal lawsuit that they were kept in facilities that couldn’t safely accommodate them and were inappropriately housed with higher security inmates for no reason other than their disabilities.

Southern Poverty Law Center attorney Maria Morris says the settlement will ensure disabled inmates are appropriately housed.

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