Attorneys for inmates accuse Alabama’s prison system of underreporting violence, suicides


BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) ā€” Lawyers for inmates say confidential records prove Alabama’s corrections agency routinely underreports fights, stabbings, beatings and suicides at a maximum-security prison.

Sarah Geraghty (GEHR’-ah-tee), an attorney for inmates at Donaldson prison near Birmingham, said Wednesday that previously secret reports recently released by the Department of Corrections show officials have failed to publicly report dozens of violent attacks.

Those records were released by the department in an inmate lawsuit claiming Donaldson is overly dangerous because of widespread violence among prisoners. Geraghty said the numbers raise questions about conditions in other Alabama prisons.

A prison system spokesman says the agency is working on a response to the claims.

Correctional officers are backing the prisoners in the lawsuit over conditions at Donaldson.

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