From the article:
The U.S. Department of Justice says conditions in Alabama prisons are unsafe and unconstitutional. The findings are the result of a more than two year civil rights investigation prompted by spiraling violence in Alabama lockups that has resulted in deadly harm.
The Justice Department report finds that Alabama routinely violates the constitutional rights of prisoners by failing to protect them from prisoner-on-prisoner violence and sexual abuse. It notes “a high level of violence that is too common, cruel, of an unusual nature, and pervasive.”
Prison reforms cannot happen soon enough. Even the chairman of the Prison Oversight Committee, Republican State Senator Cam Ward, said it was not shocking.
Prison reform now. These are human lives being harmed by our current prison system.