Women in Prisons are often Women in Shadow

Ala. Women’s Prison Has “Unabated” Culture Of Sexual Abuse, Harassment: DOJ Report

Ala. Women’s Prison Has “Unabated” Culture Of Sexual Abuse, Harassment: DOJ Report

Inmates walk the halls in formation at Tutwiler Prison for Women in Wetumpka, Ala., Monday, Sept. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)
Inmates walk the halls in formation at Tutwiler Prison for Women in Wetumpka, Ala., Monday, Sept. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

WASHINGTON (AP) — When inmates at a notorious Alabama women’s prison came forward to complain of sexual abuse and harassment, state investigators time and again classified the complaints as unfounded or unsubstantiated and often recommended that the matters be closed without further action, according to investigative reports obtained by The Associated Press.

In only a small fraction of cases in the past three years did corrections officials consider the allegations fully credible, according to roughly four dozen reports released to the AP under the state’s open records law.

In a scathing report this year, the Justice Department chronicled an “unabated” culture of sexual abuse and harassment at the Julia Tutwiler Prison for Women, where inmates “universally fear for their safety” and guards aren’t properly disciplined for bad behavior….

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/10/03/julia-tutwiler-prison-womens-prison-sexual-abuse_n_5926250.html

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