Facing the threat of a federal lawsuit, Alabama's Department of Corrections has unveiled a three-year plan to address its shortcomings and improve conditions for inmates and staff. This comes after the U.S. Department of Justice put Alabama on notice for the unsafe and unconstitutional conditions in its men's prisons . The Justice Department concluded after its investigation that "an excessive amount of violence, sexual abuse and prisoner deaths occur within Alabama's prisons on a regular basis." Between 2015 and 2017, there were 22 homicides. Overcrowding and understaffing were also highlighted as contributing factors to the overall systemic failures. Commissioner Jeff Dunn, the head of Alabama's prison system, says the four strategic areas of change...
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Alabama Commissioner Lays Out How State Plans To Curb Violence In Prisons