Advocate Says Tutwiler Report 'Wakes People Up'

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

 Stevenson's organization last year alleged widespread abuse of inmates and sexual misconduct at Tutwiler involving corrections officers. Alabama Prison Commissioner Kim Thomas sought the federal review afterward. Thomas says the study found an oppressive, intimidating atmosphere at Tutwiler.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- An attorney for inmates says a federal report detailing problems at Alabama's prison for women is revealing.

Bryan Stevenson of the Montgomery-based Equal Justice Initiative says the study "wakes people up" by showing what's going on at Tutwiler prison, located in Wetumpka.

Reports say a long-term solution is needed to fix the state's prisons.

Thomas says officials will take aggressive actions to address allegations of rape. But he wouldn't go into details about how employees have been fired or prosecuted in connection with sexual assaults.

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