Editorial: Tutwiler abuse

The following is an editorial from FOX6 WBRC-TV General Manager Lou Kirchen, first aired on Tuesday, Jan. 29.

Right is right and wrong is wrong as the saying goes. By now, most everyone has heard about the sexual misconduct perpetuated against female inmates at the Julia Tutwiler Prison for Women; a deeply disturbing environment where some male guards ruled with fear and intimidation in order to satisfy their illicit desires with these female inmates.

We have laws in this state to protect all - laws in place to protect even those that have been convicted of breaking laws themselves. How can we ever attempt to rehabilitate individuals serving time by telling them to do what's right when we have individuals treating them wrongly?

Following a "scathing" report filed by a team of consultants from the National Institute of Corrections, changes have already begun to be made at this Alabama prison.

No two ways about it, this is a black eye on our State of Alabama prison system. The actions by these men cannot be taken back unfortunately, but we can control how we respond to these findings: punish these individuals. This should have never happened in the first place and, hopefully, if the right people, policies, protocol and accountability measures are in put place it will never happen again.

Actions by the inmates at Tutwiler have been judged unlawful, landing them in prison, but the folks who have committed these immoral acts against the prisoners will, ultimately, face judgment as well. What do you think?

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