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  • 23rd July 2005

    GULFPORT - A federal lawsuit claims the City of Gulfport and its Municipal Court have created a modern-day debtors' prison.

    The lawsuit, filed Thursday, alleges the city and court officials have abused their authority by putting indigent people in jail for failure to pay misdemeanor fines. It also alleges a special unit of police officers "troll the streets," primarily in predominantly black neighborhoods, looking for people who have past-due court fines.

    The civil lawsuit represents only one side of a complaint.

  • 5th May 2005

    Alabama's prison medical provider is losing $1.2 million from the state because it has not provided enough doctors and nurses to state prisons.

    Prison Health Services has not fulfilled minimal contract requirements that call for a certain number of doctors, nurses, administrators and support staff. The company is not being fined, Department of Corrections spokesman Brian Corbett said, but DOC will not have to pay $1.2 million of its contract.

  • 1st April 2005
    State inmates seek change from cells in Louisiana lock-up

    Alabama female prisoners locked in a rural Louisiana prison are demanding changes they say could give them a fairer shot at parole and curb the state's reliance on private, for-profit lockups.

  • 19th February 2005

    The state hasn't kept its agreement to improve its medical care to HIV inmates at Limestone Correctional Facility, say attorneys for inmate plaintiffs.

    Attorneys with the Southern Center for Human Rights filed a contempt motion Friday, alleging that the prison has done little in the eight months since the settlement to ensure adequate medical care for the HIV-positive men housed there.

  • 18th November 2004
    State to make Alto mostly for women

    Corrections officials are making sweeping changes to a North Georgia prison where, critics charge, some of the state's youngest inmates are regularly subjected to rapes and other brutal attacks.

    The state plans to turn Lee Arrendale State Prison in Alto into a women's prison, according to documents obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

  • 16th November 2004
    State sued for not stopping rapes, threats, especially at young Lee Arrendale inmates

    Two inmates offered sordid, chilling accounts in federal court Tuesday of life in a northeast Georgia prison where prisoners fight to survive in a toxic atmosphere of threats, rape and violence.

    Lawyers for the Southern Center for Human Rights are asking a federal judge to force the state Department of Corrections to take immediate steps to stop a string of violent attacks and sexual assaults at Lee Arrendale State Prison in Alto.

  • 3rd November 2004

    Willie Floyd Williams Jr. spent eight months in the Clinch County Jail before he could post bail. But before he could leave, Williams was told to report to a deputy sheriff, who informed him he owed $4,608 to cover his jail costs.

    After Williams signed a promissory note pledging to pay $20 per week until the balance was cleared, he was finally released. In the note, Williams acknowledged that if he failed to pay, he would be thrown back in jail.

  • 12th August 2004
    Family members and lawyers describe assaults of teens in prison

    Wayne Boatwright Sr. couldn't hold back tears as he told legislators about the death of his 18-year-old son, Wayne Boatwright Jr. He was strangled to death in February at Lee Arrendale State Prison, where children between the ages of 13 and 17 found guilty of one of seven violent felonies are sent. Once there, they often are preyed upon by the prison's older population, documents show.

  • 29th June 2004

    Alabama's female prisoners may soon live with fewer roaches and spiders in their dorms.

    They could get more ice, fans and showers at Tutwiler Prison for Women, where summer temperatures regularly rise above 85 degrees. And they could have access to better medical care, more classes and more drug treatment.

    It took a federal lawsuit to bring about basic, constitutional conditions at Alabama's only women's prison. A two-part settlement in the case was filed Monday. It awaits the approval of U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson.

  • 4th June 2004

    BIRMINGHAM, AL  -- This week, United States Magistrate Judge John E. Ott issued his report and recommendations on the settlement of a lawsuit filed by a class of HIV-positive inmates in the Alabama prison system in November, 2002, challenging the living conditions and inadequate medical care provided at Limestone Correctional Facility.

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