Alabama: Prison Homicide Crisis Claims Two More Lives


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(Photo: Alabama Dept of Corrections)Two men have been killed in the past three weeks as homicides continue to soar inside Alabama’s prison system.Cody Brock, 30, was killed at Staton Correctional Facility in Elmore, Alabama, on Christmas Eve. Mr. Brock had served approximately nine years of an 11-year prison sentence for nonviolent property crimes when he was killed.Harold Wallace, 24, was stabbed to death at Fountain Correctional Facility in Atmore, Alabama, on Tuesday. He was at least the 12th person killed in an Alabama prison in the past 12 months.There have been 65 or more homicides in Alabama prisons since the Justice Department launched an investigation into the state’s prisons in 2016.The number and rate of prison homicides has climbed markedly since the federal investigation began.According to the most recent data from the federal Bureau of Justice Statistics, Alabama’s prison homicide rate of 80.6 per 100,000 people is more than six times higher than the national average, and is 20 times higher than the homicide rate for nonincarcerated U.S. residents.