The rate of violence in Alabama prisons is on the rise, according to data released by the Alabama Department of Corrections.
Over the four years prior to this one, the department reported one homicide in the state’s prisons. In the fiscal year that began in October, there have already been four homicides, and upcoming budget cuts may make it even more difficult to maintain prisoner safety. Prison officials attribute the rise in violence to an increase in prisoners and a decrease in guards.
Due to the rising prison violence rates, many prisoners are clamoring for safer cells.
Prisons have a responsibility to ensure that inmates are not injured while serving their sentences. When a prisoner’s right to safety is violated, the prison may be faced with a tort. If you have been hurt because of the brash actions of another, contact the tort attorneys of Yearout & Traylor, P.C., at 205.414.8160.