Alabama Tutwiler Prison sex abuse http://apr.org en Governor Bentley Supportive Of Prison Ombudsman http://apr.org/post/governor-bentley-supportive-prison-ombudsman <p></p><p>A spokeswoman for Gov. Robert Bentley says he's supportive of $250,000 added to the state General Fund budget for hiring a prison ombudsman in the governor's office.</p><p>Senate budget committee Chairman Arthur Orr added the money to the General Fund budget when his committee approved it on Wednesday. Orr says the ombudsman would start by focusing on complaints from inmates at Tutwiler Prison for women in Wetumpka. Some inmates at Tutwiler have complained about sexual abuse. Orr says the ombudsman would give the governor a direct line to what's going on in Tutwiler.</p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 20:38:54 +0000 The Associated Press 48695 at http://apr.org Governor Bentley Supportive Of Prison Ombudsman Tutwiler Prison Installing Cameras After US Report http://apr.org/post/tutwiler-prison-installing-cameras-after-us-report <p></p><p>Prisons officials are adding surveillance cameras at Tutwiler prison and taking steps to increase some privacy for female prisoners.</p><p>In a report released this year, the U.S. Department of Justice criticized the operations of the Julia Tutwiler Prison for Women.</p><p>The report said the facility was not suited for housing female offenders since it offered them little privacy to shower, use the bathroom and had numerous blind spots that could make it possible for sexual activity to go undetected.</p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 21:21:53 +0000 The Associated Press 48445 at http://apr.org Tutwiler Prison Installing Cameras After US Report State Could Lose Federal Prison Funding http://apr.org/post/state-could-lose-federal-prison-funding <p>Alabama may be at risk of losing some of its federal prison funding if it doesn't respond to questions from the U.S. Department of Justice about sexual abuse.&nbsp;</p><p>AL.com <a href="http://blog.al.com/wire/2014/02/sexual_abuse_by_guards_at_tutw.html#incart_river_default" target="_blank">reports</a> federal officials sent letters to every governor last week asking if their state is complying with the Prison Rape Elimination Act — a federal law that was enacted in 2003 to crack down on sexual assault against prison inmates.</p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 14:53:21 +0000 Associated Press 47348 at http://apr.org State Could Lose Federal Prison Funding Advocate says Tutwiler Report 'Wakes People Up' http://apr.org/post/advocate-says-tutwiler-report-wakes-people <P>An attorney for inmates says a federal report detailing problems at Alabama's prison for women is revealing.</P> <P>Bryan Stevenson of the Montgomery-based Equal Justice Initiative says the study "wakes people up" by showing what's going on at Tutwiler prison, located in Wetumpka.</P> <P>Stevenson tells the Montgomery Advertiser a long-term solution is needed to fix the state's prisons.</P> <P>Stevenson's organization last year alleged widespread abuse of inmates and sexual misconduct at Tutwiler involving corrections officers.</P> <P>Alabama Prison Commissioner Kim Thomas sought the fe Mon, 28 Jan 2013 12:30:56 +0000 The Associated Press 23887 at http://apr.org Advocate says Tutwiler Report 'Wakes People Up' Fed Study Criticizes Ala. Women's Prison http://apr.org/post/fed-study-criticizes-ala-womens-prison <p>A Justice Department report is criticizing the way female inmates are treated at Alabama's lone prison for women.</p><p>A study by the National Institute of Corrections says there have been reports of sexual abuse of female prisoners, and officials haven't always treated those complaints in the proper manner.</p> Fri, 25 Jan 2013 22:47:28 +0000 The Associated Press 23809 at http://apr.org Fed Study Criticizes Ala. Women's Prison Ala. Prisons Make Changes Concerning Complaints http://apr.org/post/ala-prisons-make-changes-concerning-complaints <P>(Information in the following story is from: Montgomery Advertiser, http://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com)</P> <P>Alabama's prison system has changed a policy that required placing inmates who make a complaint into segregation while the issue is being investigated.</P> <P>Also, the Montgomery Advertiser reported those who complain will no longer lose privileges. Tue, 11 Dec 2012 13:21:18 +0000 The Associated Press 21803 at http://apr.org Ala. Prisons Make Changes Concerning Complaints