Tutwiler Inmate Stories

Razor wire and towers contain the Julia Tutwiler Prison for Women, in Wetumpka, in 2013. In January 2014, the U.S. Department of Justice issued a scathing report that put a spotlight on what it called conditions of sexual abuse and harassment by correctional staff at Alabama’s only prison for women. State officials vehemently disagree with the federal assessment.

MONTGOMERY — Like most preschoolers, the 3-year-old girl who lives in Montgomery is a whirl of energy. She sings and dances through the house and loves the cartoons “Sofia the First” and “Doc McStuffins.” She parrots back letters as her caretaker spells her name.

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