Department of corrections probing claims of abuse

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) —
Alabama Department of Corrections officials say they're investigating
about 10 cases of alleged abuse against prison inmates.

A report
by the Equal Justice Initiative that was recently released outlines
alleged abuse of inmates at a facility in Elmore County and alleged
sexual abuse of inmates in Bibb and Donaldson counties.

Department
of Corrections Commissioner Kim Thomas says two cases involving alleged
sexual abuse of inmates in Bibb and Donaldson counties have been turned
over to district attorneys for prosecution after forensic tests were
performed.

EJI Director Bryan Stevenson tells AL.com the investigations and prosecutions are encouraging.

The
report comes after former Alabama Department of Corrections officers
pleaded guilty in the 2010 beating death of inmate Rocrast Mack at the
Ventress Correctional Facility in Barbour County.

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