Advocacy groups say Alabama prisons are giving inmates virtually unlimited access to razors, a practice that's leading to deaths and injuries inside the lockups.
The Southern Poverty Law Center and the Alabama Disabilities Advocacy Program asked a court Thursday to bar prisons from freely distributing razor blades to male inmates.
The groups are making the request on behalf of prisoners who've tried to kill themselves using the razors. They say razors are being distributed even after an inmate used one to kill himself at Limestone prison in 2011.
An advocacy group is calling to phase out segregated sheltered workshops for Alabamians with disabilities.
Leaders of the Alabama Disabilities Advocacy Program say taxpayer money now going to the workshops would be better used to move Alabamians with disabilities into regular jobs, where they are part of the community.
Advocates for the disabled say they're concerned about the future of special education programs since state officials plan to inspect them less often.
The Anniston Star (http://bit.ly/13QW7Qp ) reported Sunday that the state Department of Education will transition from inspecting the programs once every three years to once every four years beginning this school year.