The US Department of Justice has launched a statewide investigation into the conditions of Alabama’s prisons for men. The probe will look at whether prisoners are protected from other prisoners and correctional officers, and into the living conditions.
Over the past year, the state’s two largest men’s prisons have been plagued by riots and stabbings, the Birmingham News reported.
At one of those prisons, William C. Holman Correctional Facility in Atmore, corrections officers have been calling in sick and missing shifts. On Sunday, six officers called in sick for the third shift. On September 24, nine officers assigned to the one shift didn’t show up for, and three officers resigned, according to AP.
A corrections officer at Holman died after being stabbed by an inmate last month.
A fight broke out at the other prison, St. Clair Correctional Facility, Sunday evening, and five inmates were sent to an undisclosed hospital, the Birmingham News reported.