Investigation into Alabama Prisons Prompt MORE Discussion of Prison Reform
Looks like some reform may soon be coming to Alabama Prisons.
According to the Associated Press, Gov. Kay Ivey says the state is working with the Department of Justice to address concerns which have been identified and discussed publicly for a while. One of the main issues to be addressed is the failure to protect inmates from violence and sexual abuse.
The Alabama Department of Corrections is seeking funding to add 500 correctional officers, a fraction suggested by a federal judge as the result of an investigation into our system. The conditions of our state institutions are described by the Washington Post as including "cruel and unusual punishment." In addition to being overcrowded, it is said that our corrections system is understaffed, creating and fostering an atmosphere where heinous acts are committed... often without consequence.
As a matter of fact, it is said that Alabama prisons have the highest rates of homicide in the country and that even with the high number of homicides reported, some were not.
Instead of looking into ways of deterring some from a life of crime or reduce recidivism, Gov. Ivey has proposed the building of more prisons. Will the new officers staff the new prisons? It'll be interesting to see how this all plays out.