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Department of Justice Issues Report Condemning All-But-Sanctioned Sexual Abuse in Alabama Prisons
By opposingviews.com - Joshua M. Patton
Published: 01/31/2014

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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  1. chloe on 02/19/2014:

    All this paperwork and reports are well and great - BUT WHEN IS SOMEONE GOING TO DO SOMETHING. Alabama prisons have been overcrowded for years. When Tutwiler got word that the "Feds" were coming they would ship inmates across the street to Elmore County Jail until the FEDS left. The papers I have read is only scratching the service. They are also forgetting about the 2 other women's facilities in the State of Alabama (Mt. Meig's and Birmingham Work Release). This is not limited to Tutwiler but this happens at both the other facilities where each can house 300 women. Women already get longer sentences, denied parole more often than the men, and get punished with sexual abuse. When and Who will end this for them. COME ON JUSTICE DEPARTMENT MAKE ALABAMA ACCOUNTABLE FOR THEIR ACTIONS. COME IN AND TELL THE STATE OF ALABAMA ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. Prison is over 195% capacity. State of Alabama just talks about it - We need you to show how it is done.

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