The Southern Center for Human Rights


  • 29th June 2004

    Alabama's female prisoners may soon live with fewer roaches and spiders in their dorms.

    They could get more ice, fans and showers at Tutwiler Prison for Women, where summer temperatures regularly rise above 85 degrees. And they could have access to better medical care, more classes and more drug treatment.

    It took a federal lawsuit to bring about basic, constitutional conditions at Alabama's only women's prison. A two-part settlement in the case was filed Monday. It awaits the approval of U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson.

  • 4th June 2004

    BIRMINGHAM, AL  -- This week, United States Magistrate Judge John E. Ott issued his report and recommendations on the settlement of a lawsuit filed by a class of HIV-positive inmates in the Alabama prison system in November, 2002, challenging the living conditions and inadequate medical care provided at Limestone Correctional Facility.

  • 27th May 2004
    Limestone HIV unit's facilities, delays in pill distribution cited

    Alabama prison officials have agreed to provide dozens of improvements to the medical care and treatment of Alabama's HIV-positive prisoners to settle a federal lawsuit.

    The Alabama Department of Corrections also must submit its HIV unit at Limestone prison to two years of monitoring by a medical consultant, who will visit quarterly to make sure prisoners are treated in accordance with national standards.

  • 26th October 2003

    Robin Nelson/ZUMA Press

    Prisoners lining up for their AIDS medication last March at the Limestone Correctional Facility, where they are segregated from the other inmates.

    HARVEST, Ala. — Prisoners who need AIDS or H.I.V. medication at the Limestone Correctional Facility here must get up at 3 in the morning to stand in line for it. The wait can take 45 minutes. Then they repeat the exercise at 10 in the morning, and again at 3 in the afternoon.

    Those who are too sleepy or sick to stand in line miss out, a federal lawsuit maintains.

  • 27th June 2003

    A federal judge has been asked to remove Fulton County and some of its cities from a lawsuit brought last October that accused the county and 10 cities of violating inmates' right to counsel.

    Stephen Bright, director of the Southern Center for Human Rights, asked U.S. Judge Clarence Cooper on Thursday to dismiss Fulton County, Atlanta, Roswell and Mountain Park from the lawsuit.

    Last year, the Supreme Court ruled that lawyers had to be provided in any case where a defendant faced the possibility of incarceration and not only when a felony is involved.