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Old 04-01-2003, 01:57 PM
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Default State hasn't moved any Tutwiler inmates yet

The Associated Press


Prison officials haven't transferred any female prisoners to out-of-state lockups while waiting for federal court approval of the move announced five weeks ago.

Alabama Department of Corrections officials hope to reduce the inmate population at Julia Tutwiler Prison for Women by the end of June.

U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson ruled Dec. 2 that the prison violated the U.S. Constitution because it was so overcrowded and unsafe and ordered the state to submit a plan to fix it. Thompson's ruling came in a lawsuit filed by Tutwiler inmates.

In its plan given to Thompson on Feb. 21, Gov. Bob Riley's administration told Thompson it would send 290 inmates out of state. The plan set a goal of reducing the Tutwiler population to 750 by the end of June, a reduction of about one-fourth.

Attorneys for the inmates object to out-of-state transfers, saying such relocations would sever contacts with families, attorneys and community support and make it harder for inmates to eventually return successfully to the free world.

"The more we look at it, the more irresponsible and irrational it seems," said Lisa Kung, an attorney for the Southern Center for Human Rights in Atlanta, which represents the inmates. "There are better, cheaper long-term solutions."

The Montgomery Advertiser has requested records of Corrections Department communications with private prison facilities. The newspaper asked for a list of companies contacted, requests for proposals or invitations to bid and copies of any guidelines or criteria the state would base its selection.

The newspaper also asked for guidelines or criteria that would determine which inmates are chosen for transfer.

Corrections spokesman Brian Corbett said last week that requests for proposal were being written. He did not know if there had been any written communications with private prison companies.

Riley press secretary David Azbell said he did not know if the state has had written communications with prison companies.

Thompson has issued no ruling on the state's plan.

During a hearing on March 6, the judge told attorneys for both sides that he was inclined to give the state a chance to follow its plan to resolve the problems.

Attorneys for the state have said that the transfers are a temporary measure, but haven't said how long they would be used.

Prisons Commissoner Donal Campbell rejected the Advertiser's request to speak with inmates about possible transfers to other states.

Tutwiler Deputy Warden Frank Albright said officials at the prison have not talked to inmates about the possibility of transfers.

"We have not talked to them on their views because the plan was submitted to the judge and he's still in process of reviewing it," Albright said. "It actually would be premature when we don't know if the judge will approve it."

Kate Clarke of Mobile has a daughter who has served 11 years of a 20-year sentence for manslaughter. She said her daughter, Katherine Jones, spends part of her day outside Tutwiler in a work program with the Alabama Medicaid Agency.

"I think she's pretty well satisfied with her position right now," Clarke said. "I wouldn't want her to go out of state."

Clarke said she talks to her daughter on the telephone every week and visited her twice last year.

The Tutwiler prison population stood at 977 as of Friday.
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