MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A federal judge has delayed a ruling on whether the Alabama Department of Corrections can continue to isolate prisoners who have tested positive for HIV.
Last month, U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson finished hearing arguments made during the month-long trial challenging Alabama's decades-old policy of mostly separating HIV-positive inmates from other prisoners.
Thompson had told attorneys that he hoped to have an opinion ready before Thanksgiving. The judge issued a brief statement in the court file Wednesday saying more time is needed. He said he would not issue a decision until sometime before Christmas.
Currently, Alabama and South Carolina are the only states that segregate HIV-positive prisoners. The lawsuit accused the state of violating the Americans with Disabilities Act.