January 24, 2014 5:30 am -

prison-hiv-segregationThe New York Daily News headline reads “Hell Behind Bars.” The subject of the article: an Alabama prison rife with abuse and now under investigation by the Justice Department.

An Alabama women’s prison is a “toxic” house of horrors in which “repeated and open sexual behavior” is the norm, federal investigators said.

A Department of Justice investigation found that for two decades prisoners at Tutwiler Prison for Women have been subjected to all manner of humiliation.

The lengthy list of indignities includes, officers forcing women into sexual acts in exchange for basic sanitary supplies, male guards openly watching women shower and use the bathroom, a staff-organized strip show, and a constant barrage of sexually offensive language, according to investigators.

At least a third of the 99 employees at the prison with a population of nearly 900 have had sex with prisoners, according to the department.

And that’s just the beginning.

Read the rest here.

D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.