Governor Hiring National Firm to Help Alabama's Troubled Prison System

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By Alabama News Network

Gov. Robert Bentley says the he's bringing in a nationally recognized consulting group to implement reforms at a state prison thrust into the national spotlight over accusations of widespread sexual misconduct. Bentley said in an interview Thursday that the state will hire The Moss Group, a Washington D.C. firm. The company will work on policies, assessments, training and other matters at the Julia Tutwiler Prison for Women. The U.S. Department of Justice in January accused Alabama of violating inmates' constitutional rights because of conditions there. Bentley toured the prison Thursday and said misconduct won't be tolerated. An attorney at the nonprofit group that first raised concerns about Tutwiler says she's glad to see the governor getting personally involved. However, she says she thinks the state could do more. (Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) 3/6/2014 7:18:07 PM (GMT -6:00)



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