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Old 01-26-2020, 05:25 PM
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I have been reading and according to the ACLU Prison Project. The State of Alabama has the worse Prisons in the United States. From your experiences would you agree?
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I think Alabama & Mississippi are vying for the title of The Worst Prison System in the U.S. Mississippi has moved to first in the last month or so - 9 inmates have died, most at Parchman, since the end of December

Doing a quick search using the keywords Alabama prisons has pulled up several articles (NPR, NY Times, Associated Press, ABC & CBS News, etc). Here is a paragraph from one article:

‘No One Feels Safe Here’: Life in Alabama’s Prisons

Four men inside diagnose a hellscape the Department of Justice called cruel and unusual.

...Not only are the prisons bad, the Department of Justice report said, but Alabama has known for years that they are bad, and has made only marginal attempts to improve them. It is not that the prisoners are particularly violent, but that the prisons are understaffed and overcrowded, with some holding two or three times the number of people they were designed for. They are also, the report said, lousy with corruption and rife with drugs, cellphones and large, sharp knives, which many prisoners consider necessary for self-protection. In 2017, inspectors found that not a single building had a working fire alarm.

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https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/29/us/alabama-prison-inmates.html


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My SO is in ADOC; the stories in that article are not exaggerated. The guards know what areas don't have cameras, and dole out their own punishments on inmates, rarely with any consequences.

I was surprised this event actually made it to the public eye (sorry, can't directly link to it):

injusticewatch.org/projects/2020/ secret-report-alabama-prison-inmate-allegedly-beaten-died/
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My SO is in ADOC; the stories in that article are not exaggerated. The guards know what areas don't have cameras, and dole out their own punishments on inmates, rarely with any consequences.

I was surprised this event actually made it to the public eye (sorry, can't directly link to it):

injusticewatch.org/projects/2020/ secret-report-alabama-prison-inmate-allegedly-beaten-died/
Here is a clickable link to the above article:

Alabama Prison Crisis

The Alabama Department of Corrections operates one of the U.S.’s deadliest, most dysfunctional prison systems. Injustice Watch launched this series in February 2020 to examine problems at the corrections agency related to state prisoner Billy Smith’s 2017 death.

There 3 articles in the series and links to corroborating articles:
https://www.injusticewatch.org/serie...prison-crisis/
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I have heard it can be very difficult if you don't gang affiliate.
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YES! Agree 100% I follow this for the last 4 1/2 years and my husband was housed at Holman (the worst of the worst) until they had to mainly close the facility because of "inhumane living conditions"... If I wouldn't have seen it myself I couldn't believe this is a prison in a first world country. It's hell on earth. I'm just so glad he's such a strong minded character who can stand his ground without getting into trouble. And that he was NEVER interested in being in a gang or doing drugs. If you're weak in any kind of way it will eat you alive....and that's just horrible.

Now he's at St. Clair Facility up north and it's way better, but still an Alabama prison.. so probably worst than rest of the country... I just pray he comes home soon. It breaks my heart to know he has to go through this every single day... I'm constantly worried about him.
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