Tag Archives: Alabama

Vera Institute’s Sentencing & Corrections Headlines

AL – Alabama Last State to Segregate HIV-Positive Inmates

CA – California Prisons Sterilized 148 Women Without Approval, Report Says

CA – California Is Facing More Woes in Prisons

MA – Teens in Prison (editorial)

OK – Who Will Solve Jail, Prison Overcrowding Problem? (editorial)

 US – The Horrible Psychology of Solitary Confinement

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Former Ala. guard: Supervisor said kill inmate

From the article: “Glenn said he was working the night of Aug. 4, 2010, when officer Melissa Brown radioed that an inmate had jumped on her and she needed help. He said Smith, who was the supervisor that night, came on the radio a short while later. “He said, ‘Make sure y’all kill” him, Glenn testified.”

Perhaps that was an idle comment, you say.  Perhaps he was just joking or being hyperbolic.

Glenn said that when Smith arrived on the scene, he beat Mack with a fiberglass baton until it broke, stomped him repeatedly, and placed a foot on his neck even though Mack wasn’t resisting. After learning that Mack had died, he told officers that “he deserved it,” Glenn testified.


Read more here.

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AL: Fired prison boss facing trial in inmate death

From the article: “A fired Alabama prison supervisor was set to go on trial Wednesday, accused of severely beating an inmate and then covering it up after the prisoner died.”

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Alabama prison commissioner releases reports on problems, improvement steps at Tutwiler

Very interesting article on an NIC report on sexual abuse at a women’s prison in Alabama.  Read the article here.

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AL: Prison Guard Faces 20 Years for Beating Inmate to Death and Trying to Cover It Up

From the article: “Court documents say Davidson admitted to beating Rocrast Mack in the prison yard, then handcuffing him and taking him into an office to beat him again. This time another corrections officer, Scott Glenn, and his supervisor, Michael Smith, joined in with batons.  Then Mack was taken to the prison hospital where he was grabbed from a hospital bed by his handcuffs and “repeatedly stomped on by the supervisor.”

Read more of the article here and more of the background on the case here.

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Judge orders end to HIV prison segregation in Alabama

From the article: “A U.S. federal judge ruled on Friday to end the segregation of prisoners with HIV in Alabama, agreeing that it violates the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).”

From the ruling:

“It is evident that, while the … segregation policy has been an unnecessary tool for preventing the transmission of HIV, it has been an effective one for humiliating and isolating prisoners living with the disease…

Read more here.

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Judge delays ruling on Alabama’s policy of keeping HIV-positive inmates isolated in prison

From the article: “Currently, Alabama and South Carolina are the only states that segregate HIV-positive prisoners. The lawsuit accused the state of violating the Americans with Disabilities Act.”  The judge originally stated that he would have an opinion prior to Thanksgiving, but said that more time was needed.  Read more here.

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Ala inmate gets death in prison slaying

From the article: “A judge sentenced an Alabama inmate to death for the murder of a fellow prisoner who was fatally stabbed during a dispute over a cell phone at St. Clair Correctional Facility.”

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