WASHINGTON – "Prison inmates in Alabama are routinely subjected to horrifying violence and sexual abuse within "a broken system" where people are murdered "on a regular basis," according to a Justice Department review."
- A prisoner described the unit as "a place where you have to fight the day you arrive or you'll be a bitch, so you get a knife."
- Alabama officials allowed drugs to flourish, the report says, and staff members allegedly smuggled contraband inside. One employee reportedly earned $75,000 ferrying illegal drugs and other contraband, and his accomplice – a prisoner – made $100,000, the report says. Even prisoners referred to the drug problem as an “epidemic,” the report says.