Alabama prisons have the highest homicide rate in the country, a rate 8 times the national average. So many prisoners are assaulted, stabbed, and killed that the Department of Corrections cannot keep track of the deaths.
A report summary from Alabama Appleseed
The State of Alabama has, for decades, demonstrated an inability to fund and operate safe, humane prisons in compliance with the U.S. Constitution. In April, for the first time in the 39-year history of the Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act (“CRIPA”), the U.S. Department of Justice found an entire state prison system for men operating in violation of the U.S. Constitution here in Alabama.
The nationally publicized DOJ report found “[t]he combination of ADOC’s overcrowding and understaffing results in prisons that are inadequately supervised, with inappropriate and unsafe housing designations, creating an environment rife with violence, extortion, drugs, and weapons.” Just this year, nine people have been murdered in our prisons.
Alabama Appleseed produced a summary of the report available here. Appleseed is committed to making sure the federal findings are not quickly forgotten. And we are committed to remembering the lives lost and the families harmed by our shameful, unconstitutional prisons as fellow Alabamians who deserved better.
- The toll on Alabama families of uncontrolled violence in Alabama Department of Corrections’ prisons September 21, 2023
- Fighting for parole for a son who is fighting for his life September 11, 2023
- There was a gun in a maximum security prison. Incarcerated people say it was left to them to secure the area. August 24, 2023
- Appleseed Welcomes Elliot Spillers as our Advocacy Director August 17, 2023
- Cruel and Unusual: Life without parole, with cancer August 4, 2023
Alabama Appleseed Center for Law & Justice
400 South Union Street, Suite 245
Montgomery, Alabama 36104
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Birmingham, AL 35223
Phone: (205) 963-7999