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Default Judge receives Tutwiler prison plan

Judge receives Tutwiler prison plan

By Mike Cason
Montgomery Advertiser

The Alabama Department of Corrections on Monday submitted a plan to U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson to make Julia Tutwiler Prison safer.
Early release reviews: Make quarterly reviews, rather than annual or semiannual, to find inmates eligible for early release
Segregation cells: Reduces from 90 days to 30 days the segregation time for inmates sentenced to life without parole
County jails: Asks the court to block deliveries of female in mates from county jails until May
More money: Will ask the Legislature for emergency funding in March and a 71 percent increase for next fiscal year, which starts Oct. 1
New prison: Increased funding would include $60 million for a new women's prison
Officer stations: Names 16 priority posts to be manned by officers at all times
New officers: Assigns to Tutwiler six to 18 officers from next academy class, which graduates April 15
Heat problems: Check temperature at least three times per shift; relief measures taken when it exceeds 90 degrees; lighter uniforms in summer; more exhaust fans
Makeshift weapons: Mops and brooms locked up; inmates limited to one safety razor and must turn it in to get a new one
Security measures: Lockers and lock boxes removed for better visibility for officers; bunks lowered for visibility; new metal detectors; may add closed-circuit TV
The Department of Corrections says a long-term solution will require money and prison space
Alabama's prison commissioner will ask the Legislature for emergency funding in March and $60 million to build a new women's prison, according to papers filed in federal court Monday.
The Alabama Department of Corrections submitted a plan Monday to U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson to improve staffing and safety and lessen overcrowding at Julia Tutwiler Prison in Wetumpka.
On Dec. 2, Thompson found the prison was so dangerous that it violated the U.S. Constitution's ban on cruel and unusual punishment. Thompson ordered the state to write a plan to make the prison safer.
Prison officials disagree with Thompson's finding. Their plan includes some short-term ideas to reduce crowding and improve safety, but points out that a long-term solution takes more money and more prison space.
"At the present time, the Department of Corrections has neither the funds to build or renovate an additional facility nor the personnel to man another facility," stated the department's plan, which was signed by Assistant Attorneys General Ellen Leonard and Billy Addison.
Thompson's finding came in a lawsuit filed by inmates through the Southern Center for Human Rights in Atlanta. Inmates' attorneys Tamara Serwer and Stephen Bright could not be reached for comment on Monday.
Thompson ordered the inmates to respond to the state plan in writing by Jan. 15. He scheduled a hearing for Jan. 21 at 8:15 a.m. in federal court in Montgomery.
Brian Corbett, spokesman for the Alabama Department of Corrections, said the plan reflects the prison system's efforts to meet court standards despite limitations.
"The department has done everything within our power to comply as best they could, considering all the things that are not within our power," Corbett said.
For example, the department has no control over how many inmates judges sentence to prison or how many receive parole from the Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles.
In addition to the Tutwiler case, the prison system is fighting a lawsuit filed by counties for its failure to accept inmates from county jails.
In that case, Montgomery County Circuit Judge William Shashy issued a Dec. 12 order allowing counties to ship 100 inmates a week to the state in addition to the 175 routinely accepted by the state each week.
In Monday's plan submitted to Thompson, the department stated that Shashy's order required the addition of 632 beds at 10 male facilities.
Monday's plan also asks Thompson to block counties from delivering female inmates to Tutwiler until May.
Sonny Brasfield, assistant executive director of the Association of County Commissions of Alabama, said the state is already telling the counties which inmates to send, so a moratorium on deliveries of female inmates would not necessarily be significant.
"In some respects the motion is much ado about nothing," Brasfield said. He added that counties would agree to most anything if they thought the problem could be fixed by May, but that history shows that is unlikely. The counties' lawsuit is 10 years old.
The Legislature, which funds the prison system, meets March 4. Gov.-elect Bob Riley takes office Jan. 20. Riley has announced no specifics about the prison problem. Prison Commissioner Mike Haley, an appointee of Gov. Don Siegelman, has said he would like to keep the job.
State Rep. John Knight, D-Montgomery, chairman of the House General Fund budget committee, said the huge funding increase that corrections will request is one reason lawmakers must find a way to raise more money.
"I anticipate there will be general sentiment among the Legislature to raise revenue," Knight said. "The question will be how to do it and where to raise it from."
The state's Tutwiler plan would reduce access to makeshift weapons, one of the inmates' complaints. Mops and brooms would be locked up and each inmate would be limited to one safety razor, which would have to be turned in to get a new one. Previously, inmates could buy up to five razors.
The plan also would remove inmate lockers, lower bunks and take other steps to improve visibility in dorms for officers.
To combat heat, the plan would add fans, call for lighter inmate clothes in summer and provide water coolers in each dorm during the hottest times.
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