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Abuses point to lack of prison security cameras

By PHILLIP RAWLS
Associated Press

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Allegations of inmate abuse at Alabama's female prison and an inmate being beaten to death at a male prison have pointed to a lack of security cameras in state prisons.

Testimony in a federal court trial in Montgomery has noted the lack of cameras to record what happened on the night inmate Rocrast Mack was beaten and stomped at Ventress Correctional Facility in Clayton. Allegations of inmate abuse at Tutwiler Prison for Women led to a federal report pointing out the need for cameras. The Legislature voted recently to fund cameras for Tutwiler.

But the chairman of the Legislature's prison oversight committee, Sen. Cam Ward, says more are needed throughout all state prisons for the protection of officers and inmates.

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