Tuesday, March 11 2014 5:59 PM EDT2014-03-11 21:59:56 GMT
Authorities hauled 20 people off to jail Tuesday morning following a six-month drug sting. Law enforcement agents in West Baton Rouge snatched up the suspects and took them to the parish detention centerMore >>
Authorities hauled 20 people off to jail Tuesday morning following a six-month drug sting. They are still looking for eight others. More >>
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Tuesday, March 11 2014 12:06 PM EDT2014-03-11 16:06:52 GMT
A man accused of molesting a child was arrested Monday afternoon. William Quebedeaux, 29, of Bayou Vista, was booked on a charge of molestation of a juvenile. The St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office saidMore >>
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Tuesday, March 11 2014 7:05 PM EDT2014-03-11 23:05:11 GMT
A Caddo Parish man who has spent 30 years on death row for the murder of a Shreveport jeweler will soon walk free. Caddo Parish District Judge Ramona Emanuel signed an order vacating 64-year-old GlennMore >>
A Caddo Parish man who has spent 30 years on death row for the murder of a Shreveport jeweler will soon walk free.More >>
Tuesday, March 11 2014 12:52 PM EDT2014-03-11 16:52:31 GMT
A man suspected of drunk driving and causing a deadly crash more than a year ago headed to court for his trial. Ashton Claiborne, 30, is charged with second offense DWI, vehicular homicide and vehicularMore >>
A man suspected of drunk driving and causing a deadly crash more than a year ago headed to court for his trial. A 56-year-old grandmother died in the wreck. More >>
WETUMPKA, AL (WSFA) -
The Alabama Department of Corrections is issuing a statement following a non-profit organization's investigation and subsequent filing with the U.S. Department of Justice that claims Julia Tutwiler Prison for Women in Wetumpka has a widespread pattern of officer-on-inmate sexual violence.
The Equal Justice Initiative, which says it provides representation to indigent and prisoners who have been denied fair legal treatment, filed the complaint Tuesday. It's seeking a full federal investigation.
The Department of Corrections said Tuesday morning it had no comment. Tuesday afternoon, Commissioner Kim Thomas acknowledged the EJI investigation and issued the following statement:
"This is a matter of grave concern to me. Sexual misconduct of any kind, including custodial sexual misconduct, is not tolerated by this Department. From the beginning of my watch, I have made it very clear to my staff that custodial sexual misconduct will not be tolerated and is an especially egregious offense to me. We take every action possible to prevent it from happening and if it does, we undertake prompt corrective employee discipline and pursue criminal prosecution where applicable."
EJI says it interviewed more than 50 women incarcerated at the prison and uncovered a pattern of "frequent and severe officer-on-inmate sexual violence."
EJI says during the course of its investigation, it found that incarcerated inmates gave birth to children fathered out of rape by prison guards and that more than 20 Tutwiler employees have been transferred or fired in the last five years for illegal sexual contact with prisoners.
The watchdog group also claims that that prison officials are under-reporting the number of sexual assault incidents and are intimidating inmates to prevent them from filing complaints.
"Rape and sexual assault of incarcerated women is criminal and an outrageous abuse of power," said EJI Executive Director Bryan Stevenson, who wrote the letter to the Justice Department. "Any failure by state and federal officials to respond quickly and appropriately to reports of sexual violence will contribute to tragic and shameful conditions of confinement for women."
ADOC says it has a zero-tolerance for inmate sexual offenses and custodial sexual misconduct. "Departmental practices and procedures are in place to help identify, monitor, and track alleged sexual assaults