|Department of Justice Issues Report Condemning All-But-Sanctioned Sexual Abuse in Alabama Prisons|
|By opposingviews.com - Joshua M. Patton|
Stories of prison and sexual abuse often go hand-in-hand, but a recent Department of Justice report found that the abuse often happened at the hands of the guards and Alabama Department of Corrections all but ignored inmates’ complaints. The report says that the Julia Tutwiler Prison for Woman is “a toxic, sexualized environment that permits staff sexual abuse and harassment.” Ironically, the prison is named after Julia Tutwiler, known as the “angel of the prisons” and advocated for Alabama prisoners around the turn of the 20th Century.
“For nearly two decades,” the report says, “Tutwiler [prison] has had a sordid history of sexual abuse and harassment of prisoners that has included rape and pregnancies.” The investigation revealed—through interviews with inmates—that correctional officers will often trade sexual favors for simple amenities like new uniforms or hygiene products. Also, officers will stare at the inmates while they shower and dress.
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