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      Judge holds hearing on HIV segregation in prisons

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      No word yet on when a judge will rule on{}the fairness of a settlement ending the segregation of HIV-infected inmates in Alabama prisons.U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson held a hearing on the agreement Thursday at Limestone prison near Harvest. Another hearing was held earlier this week at the state women's prison in Wetumpka.An American Civil Liberties Union attorney representing prisoners, Margaret Winter, quotes Thompson as saying he will release a decision by midnight Monday.The judge sided with prisoners in December and ordered the state to quit segregating HIV-positive inmates from other prisoners.Winter says about 200 HIV-positive male inmates now held at Limestone must be integrated into the general prison population.Women with the virus that causes AIDS already are living with other inmates at Tutwiler prison.

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