Mass Incarceration and Unconstitutional Prisons

Alabama’s entire state prison system for men was declared unconstitutional by the United States Department of Justice in 2019. The federal investigation found “prisons that are inadequately supervised, with inappropriate and unsafe housing designations, creating an environment rife with violence, extortion, drugs, and weapons.” In 2014, the state’s women’s prison, Tutwiler, was also found unconstitutional, largely due to sexual abuse of incarcerated women by prison staff.