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  • 4th November 2008

    In New York City and many other large cities across the country, the law requires that anyone arrested for a misdemeanor go before a judge, with a lawyer, within 24 or 48 hours.

    In Atlanta, Tony Barlow, 45, was released on Thursday after 11 days in the Fulton County jail on charges of shoplifting two greeting cards from a supermarket and resisting arrest. During that time, Mr. Barlow, who was unable to make his $1,000 bond, did not see a lawyer and was not assigned a court date.

  • 4th November 2008

    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.

  • 4th November 2008

    Alabama's prison medical provider is losing $1.2 million from the state because it has not provided enough doctors and nurses to state prisons.

    Prison Health Services has not fulfilled minimal contract requirements that call for a certain number of doctors, nurses, administrators and support staff. The company is not being fined, Department of Corrections spokesman Brian Corbett said, but DOC will not have to pay $1.2 million of its contract.

  • 4th November 2008

    The state hasn't kept its agreement to improve its medical care to HIV inmates at Limestone Correctional Facility, say attorneys for inmate plaintiffs.

    Attorneys with the Southern Center for Human Rights filed a contempt motion Friday, alleging that the prison has done little in the eight months since the settlement to ensure adequate medical care for the HIV-positive men housed there.

  • 4th November 2008
    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.

  • 4th November 2008

    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.

  • 4th November 2008

    MONTGOMERY: A medical consultant's audit of health-care services in Alabama prisons found "dangerous and extremely poor quality health care" at Limestone Correctional Facility at Capshaw.

    Reports from visits Oct. 1 and Nov. 8 by Chicago-based Jacqueline Moore and Associates said the death rate from AIDS at Limestone is more than twice the national average in prisons and that efforts to control infectious and communicable diseases at Limestone were not adequately monitored or reported. Most of the state's inmates with AIDS are confined at the north Alabama prison.

  • 3rd November 2008

    What's happening in a lawsuit over medical care at Tutwiler Prison for Women may be a rare win-win in a system far more accustomed to lose-lose propositions.

    A new deal between lawyers for Tutwiler inmates and the Department of Corrections calls for up to six years of reviews by a new monitor for the federal court. Under an earlier settlement, the state would have faced four more years of monitoring.

  • 3rd November 2008
    State inmates seek change from cells in Louisiana lock-up

    Alabama female prisoners locked in a rural Louisiana prison are demanding changes they say could give them a fairer shot at parole and curb the state's reliance on private, for-profit lockups.

  • 3rd November 2008

    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.

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