Two Alabama Lawmakers Are Asking For Prison System Review
Julia Tutwiler Prison in Wetumpka is named for a legendary Alabamian who pushed for better conditions in state prisons. But prisoner advocate Bryan Stevenson says Tutwiler would be horrified by a new Justice Department report that says women in the prison “live in a toxic environment” and are forced to engage in sexual acts with officers.
The department’s report resulted from a complaint by Stevenson’s group, the Equal Justice Initiative.
State Corrections Commissioner Kim Thomas says he takes the Justice Department report seriously and is making improvements.
House Speaker Mike Hubbard and Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh say they are asking a national organization, the Council of State Governments, to do a review of the entire prison system.