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Fed. judge finds mental health care in the Alabama Department of Corrections “horrendously inadequate.”

Reposted from The Marshall Project

“The suicide rate within Alabama prisons has more than doubled in the last two years. We have intercom buttons in our cells, but none of them work—they’ve been disconnected. So if there’s something wrong with me—if I have a heart attack, or a stroke, or whatever—there is no way for me to relay my distress to the COs, and they are not coming back here. This is very much like being placed in a dungeon. Inmates kick on doors, or yell that there’s a man down, or they have to start fires, or flood the tiers.”  Full Story >>>