The United States Department of Justice has released new details into the Julia Tutwiler prison investigation.
The Justice Department says the Alabama Department of Corrections failed to protect inmates from sexual abuse and sexual harassment.
Specifically, it found prison officials were aware of the risks to women prisoners but chose to ignore them.
In a report issued today, the U.S. Justice Department wrote, "the sexual abuse is under-reported due to insufficient staffing, inadequate policies, a fear of retaliation, and inadequate investigative process."
US Attorney for the Middle District of Alabama, George Beck Junior says, “the department stands ready to work with the state of Alabama on solving the problems at Tutwiler."