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My Take - Alabama Prisons

Even law breakers deserve fair and humane treatment. So where is the outrage following the U.S. Justice Department's report on the cruel and unusual punishment being levied against female inmates for the past two decades at Tutwiler Prison for Women?  Women made to do unspeakable things in order to receive basic necessities or treated as objects to satisfy the sick desires of guards.  No Governor has addressed the problem and now it's taken the Federal Government to come in and tell us what was going on -- something we should have already known.   The fact is Alabama has had a broken prison system for decades, one that is overcrowded and underfunded, with a culture (made public at Tutwiler) where some prison guards feel they are not obligated to follow the law and can treat human beings as objects.  Putting the spotlight on this unfortunate issue  may be the only way to get changes going.  We need our Governor and legislators to correct this prison epidemic now … on their watch.  I'm Vanessa Oubre that's "My Take" What's yours?

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