DOJ: Alabama inmates are subjected to excessive force

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This photo shows a sign that reads, “HELP,” in the window of an inmate cell seen during a tour along with state officials at Holman Correctional Facility in Atmore, Ala., Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019. State officials have toured the state prison that Alabama’s corrections commissioner says illustrates the state’s problem with aging facilities. (AP Photo/Kim Chandler)

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Justice announced  that it believes Alabama’s prisons for men are unconstitutional because inmates are subjected to excessive force at the hands of prison staff.

The Justice Department announced the finding in a news release, the second time it has accused the state prison system of housing male inmates in unconstitutional conditions.

The department said Thursday that it concluded there’s reasonable cause to believe prisoners are subjected to excessive force.

In the spring of 2019, the department said male inmates face excessive inmate-on-inmate violence and sexual abuse in facilities.


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