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Alabama inmate deaths still on the rise...

Inmate homicides are on the rise in Alabama's prisons despite a national spotlight on its corrections system. Prison system statistics show eleven incidents where one inmate killed another during the last fiscal year. Prison system reports show that's more than any recent year. The rise in inmate homicides comes despite a national spotlight on Alabama prisons and state officials' promises for improvement. The Justice Department has threatened to sue the state over its violent prisons. A federal judge also ordered the state to add a many as two thousand corrections officers. The Alabama Corrections Department says the state is committed to improving inmate safety. Go to to hear Alabama Public Radio's national award winning investigation of prison reform, which helped lead to a DOJ investigation of the state's prison system.

Pat Duggins is news director for Alabama Public Radio.
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