Alabama Prison System in Violation of the Constitution
Being an inmate in the State of Alabama is really hard for a lot of men and women right now. In April 2019, for the first time in the history of the Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act, the Department of Justice found the entire Alabama prison system for men in violation of the Constitution banning cruel and unusual punishment. The report contains everything from murder, rape, suicide to crumbling infrastructure and overcrowding. They also found a drug problem that is out of control. In 2014, the Department of Justice investigated Julia Tutwiler Prison for women and found evidence of rape and extortion. Conditions there have only grown worse since then. There is a complete sense of hopelessness among the inmates. The issues that plague the state are across the board from the judicial system to the parole board. Lawmakers are in session at this time to try to come up with some solutions. I can only hope they use some common sense to find these solutions.
I spend my days in the law library working on my own case or do some arts and crafts. Anything positive and productive I can do to stay away from all the negative. My overall goal is clemency, but it is a very long road. The severe violent adverse effects of the stop smoking medication Chantix led to my conviction and I’m not going to give up.
Thank you for everything you do. Peace