Former Inmates Speak Out About Medical And Psychiatric Care In Alabama Prison System
Some former inmates are coming forward to tell us the conditions described in the SPLC's report are true.
Reporter, Catalina Trivino, sat down with two former Alabama prison inmates who say they, along with other inmates saw the lack of quality medical and psychiatric care -- and after leaving the prison system, they say it's hurt their health.
It's been three years since Rickey Kemp has been out of prison. He now manages a car wash and laundrymat in south Alabama.
He says he's trying to get his life back in order after being in and out of Alabama prisons the last 27 years on several drug convictions, but he says he's also trying to recover from the lack of psychiatric care.
Kemp says he saw the effects for himself.
Another former inmate spent four months at Kilby Correctional Facility in Montgomery. He asked us to keep his identity hidden, scared he would face retaliation -- he says the lack of medical staff caused his skin condition to never be treated.
Kemp also told us he had to wait for months to get any treatment from a dentist. He says that resulted in him losing all his teeth.
The SPLC report says there are about 13 dentists in the entire prison system, which means they see about 2,000 Alabama prisoners.
The SPLC says it interviewed more than 100 prisoners. It says it's also reviewed thousands of pages of medical records.