New Surveillance System at Julia Tutwiler Prison

Friday, August 1, 2014

Alabama Department of Corrections officials have installed a new surveillance system at Julia Tutwiler Prison for Women in Wetumpka. The state says the system features more than 300 cameras. It's part of an effort to improve inmate safety at the facility. The U.S. Department of Justice earlier this year issued a report citing safety issues at the prison. The report listed things like failure to offer inmates privacy to shower and use the bathroom. The report also said the facility had numerous blind spots making it possible for sexual activity to go undetected. Several prison guards have been accused of sexual abuse and harassment. Prison officials say Governor Robert Bentley worked with state lawmakers to come up with the money to implement the new security system.

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