Alabama Vows To ‘Fervently Defend’ Justice Department Lawsuit Over Prison Conditions

A sign that reads, "HELP," is posted in the window of an inmate cell during a tour with state officials at Holman Correctional Facility in Atmore, Ala., on Oct. 22, 2019. The Justice Department filed a lawsuit this week against Alabama over conditions in its prisons.

State officials say they were blindsided this week by a Justice Department lawsuit alleging brutal and unconstitutional conditions in the state’s prison system.

(Image credit: Kim Chandler/AP)

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