Lawmakers Looking at Change for Inmates with Disabilities

A federal judge says he wants more information before signing off on a proposed settlement between the Alabama prison system and inmates with disabilities. The state agreed to change how inmates with disabilities are treated and housed. The U-S District Judge on Thursday directed lawyers to submit details of the proposed plan. The judge said he wanted to see the submissions by April 13 and scheduled a hearing for April 15. The state agreed to make inmate housing compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act and ensure that inmates can access programs and facilities. The settlement noted Governor Bentley's plan to build four new prisons. However, Alabama lawmakers have yet to approve the project.


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