Sweet home Alabama …. unless home is a prison. This is how out of control all of our prisons are! Relatives of the slain men may have a case for “failure to protect”.
Excerpts from the Article:
An emergency response team has been sent to the Bibb County Correctional Facility in Brent following the latest murder to occur inside the state prison in a span of three days. Ray Anthony Little, 56, was fatally stabbed during an assault by another inmate around 4 p.m. Friday in one of the facility’s housing areas.
Little, who was serving a life sentence for a 2012 first-degree robbery and kidnapping conviction in Mobile County, was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead. Charged with murder is 30-year-old Devarrieo Montez Shepherd. He had been serving a 30-year sentence from a 2005 first-degree robbery in Etowah County.
Shepherd, according to an Alabama Department of Corrections news release, appeared to be under the influence of a controlled substance at the time of the attack. No further incident occurred during the attack. ADOC is also investigating a homicide that occurred Tuesday inside the same facility, in which 27-year-old Quinton Ashaad Few was fatally stabbed, possibly by 31-year-old Terrence Griffin.
Griffin, who is serving a life sentence without parole for a 2011 murder conviction in Tuscaloosa County, now faces a capital murder charge. Few was serving a 20-year sentence for a conviction earlier this year on first-degree robbery.
In response to the incidences, the ADOC dispatched a Correctional Emergency Response Team (CERT) to the prison to assist staff and to search inmates and the facility for contraband. The prison is secure and remains locked down until ADOC completes its investigation into both homicides, the department said.
The conditions inside Alabama’s prisons continue to receive scrutiny following U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson’s emergency order earlier this year to block the placement of inmates diagnosed with serious mental illness in segregation, or individual cells, because the isolation causes their conditions to worsen and increases the risk of suicide.
The ADOC is under a court order to roughly double its security staff by adding 2,000 correctional officers over the next few years.
The state’s prisons have been identified as among the most violent in the country, with a prison homicide rate that is 10 times the national average. Severe understaffing, poor security, and aging facilities continue to plague the system.
Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey, last month, announced a plan to build three new prisons for men at a cost of around $900 million. Some lawmakers have since criticized the plan.