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March 3, 2021
Groups Seek to Close Women's Prison
(APR - Alabama Public Radio ) - The Southern Center for Human Rights has been involved in a legal battle over conditions at the 65-year-old facility for the past five years. But the center said in a recent job announcement that it is seeking someone to lead a campaign to close Tutwiler and make changes to the women's criminal justice system in Alabama. The e-mailed announcement set a December 15 deadline for applications, but the position remains open, Lisa Kung, the center's director, told the Press-Register in an interview last week. Alabama Department of Corrections spokesman Brian Corbett was unfamiliar with the planned campaign but said such a makeover would require the Legislature to change state sentencing laws. Last month, Corrections Commissioner Richard Allen said that he wanted to replace Tutwiler by next year. © Copyright 2021, APR - Alabama Public Radio