AL Legislative Panel to Discuss Prison Violence

BIRMINGHAM (AP) -- A legislative panel has scheduled a meeting to discuss reports of rising inmate-on-inmate violence in Alabama prisons.

The Legislature's Joint Prison Oversight Committee will also discuss allegations of prison employees sexually abusing women inmates at Tutwiler Prison in Wetumpka.

Committee chairman Cam Ward, a Republican from Alabaster told The Birmingham News ( that at the June 20 meeting legislators hope to hear from prison employees as well as prisons commissioner Kim Thomas.

Ward said the prison commissioner has assured him he is on top of the situation, but said he also wants to make sure legislators know what is going on.

Department of Corrections reports show that since the budget year began last October at least three inmates have been killed by other inmates in Alabama prisons.

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