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DOJ Gives Details On Alabama Prisons - UPDATED - Murder Rate Seven Times The National Average

Rickey Stokes

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Date: Nov 24 2021 11:23 PM

FROM ALABAMA POLITICAL REPORTER


ALABAMA:      Calling Alabama officials “deliberately indifferent” to the “unconstitutional conditions” within the state’s 13 prisons, attorneys for the U.S. Department of Justice recently updated its lawsuit against the state to provide examples of the deplorable conditions that led the federal government to file suit. 


The filing also directly accuses the Alabama Department of Corrections of engaging “in a pattern or practice that obscures the level of harm from prisoner violence,” by continuing to under-report and failing to accurately report deaths inside Alabama’s prisons. It also accuses ADOC of “failing to protect prisoners from homicides.” 


The amended complaint, which was required after federal Judge David Proctor told the DOJ that its initial filing lacked specifics, includes facility-specific examples of what the DOJ believes are conditions that violate the constitutional rights of prisoners. 


Most notable, the DOJ says, is the “pattern of violence” within all 13 prisons that is both “pervasive and systemic.” To support that, the filing notes that the homicide rate inside Alabama prisons in 2018 was more than seven times the national average and that at least — because the Alabama Department of Corrections refuses to accurately report prisoner-on-prisoner homicides in its monthly reports — 32 prisoners were murdered by other inmates between 2018 and 2020. 


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