MONTGOMERY, Ala.-24-year-old, Rocrast Mack, died after being brutally beaten by six prison guards after he had an incident with a female prison guard.
Mack was sentenced to 20 years in jail for selling $10 worth of crack cocaine to an undercover officer when he was 18 years old.
The Huffington Post reports:
Severely overcrowded, underfunded and understaffed, the state’s prisons have become incubators of disturbing levels of inmate-on-inmate violence, according to prisoner advocacy and civil rights groups that work in the state. Equally troubling is a sharp rise in allegations of brutality by Alabama corrections officers, these groups say.
“We’ve seen a dramatic increase in the number of complaints coming into our office concerning guard-on-inmate assaults,” said Bryan Stevenson, executive director of EJI. “Physical assaults of inmates by guards have become an accepted part of the culture in a lot of Alabama prisons.”