Understaffed Alabama Prisons Struggle With Violence, Suicide And Crowding

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Alabama's prisons are among the most violent in the country — the rate of homicide is 10 times the national average, according to the Equal Justice Initiative. The state's jails have been cited by a recent Department of Justice report for corruption, drugs, sexual abuse, lack of mental health support and crumbling facilities. Under threat of a federal lawsuit, the state is planning to unveil a new strategic plan. Here & Now's Robin Young talks with WBHM reporter Mary Scott Hodgin (@maryscotthodgin).

This segment aired on April 30, 2019.


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