Judge Rules Against Alabama Department of Corrections

A federal judge has ruled that the Alabama Department of Corrections is violating the eighth amendment protections against cruel and unusual punishments. In the ruling handed down today, U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson found in favor of all inmates with serious mental health issues. According to the court, the Department’s mental health-care is quote “horrendously inadequate.” The court found that the department failed to identify those with mental-health needs, punished ill prisoners for the symptoms of their illness, and other violations. While visiting Gadsden today, Governor Kay Ivey said she would not rule out a special session to address the issue and that it does have her attention. Ivey added that she would work closely with the prison commissioner and lawmakers to address the issues raised in today's order.


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