Prison Changes
4:21 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Tutwiler Prison Installing Cameras After US Report

Prisons officials are adding surveillance cameras at Tutwiler prison and taking steps to increase some privacy for female prisoners.
Prisons officials are adding surveillance cameras at Tutwiler prison and taking steps to increase some privacy for female prisoners.
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Prisons officials are adding surveillance cameras at Tutwiler prison and taking steps to increase some privacy for female prisoners.

In a report released this year, the U.S. Department of Justice criticized the operations of the Julia Tutwiler Prison for Women.

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.

State officials said they have made multiple improvements to the prison, including the plans to install cameras. The prison said it will find ways to improve privacy in bathrooms without sacrificing security.

Al.com reports that the warden has plans to create a council to facilitate communication between inmates and staff.