Julia Tutwiler Prison for Women
|Population||985 (as of 2007)|
|Former name||Wetumpka State Penitentiary|
|Managed by||Alabama Department of Corrections|
The Julia Tutwiler Prison for Women is a prison for women of the Alabama Department of Corrections, located in Wetumpka, Alabama. All female inmates entering ADOC are sent to the receiving unit in Tutwiler. Tutwiler houses Alabama's female death row, which qualifies it for the "maximum security" classification.
Construction on the current Tutwiler Prison was completed in December 1942. The prison, built for $350,000, originally held up to 400 female prisoners. The current Tutwiler replaced the previous Wetumpka State Penitentiary, which was the first state prison. The prison was renamed after Julia Tutwiler, an advocate for education of prisoners and an advocate for improvement of prison conditions; the woman gained the nickname "Angel of the Stockades".
The prison has a clothing factory. The walls of one dormitory are painted in a medicinal burger in order to soothe inmates.
In 2012 the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI), a nonprofit that provides legal representation to indigent defendants and prisoners, filed a formal complaint with the U.S. Department of Justice saying that "[i]n interviews with more than 50 women...EJI uncovered evidence of frequent and severe officer-on-inmate sexual violence".
- Lynda Lyon Block - Alabama Institutional Serial #Z575 - Executed on May 10, 2002
- Amy Bishop, University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) professor who killed three other UAH professors in an on-campus shooting in 2010; sentenced to life without parole.
- "Tutwiler Prison for Women." Alabama Department of Corrections. Retrieved on September 5, 2010.
- "Annual Report Fiscal Year 2003". Alabama Department of Corrections. 45/84. Retrieved on August 15, 2010. "Tutwiler also has a death row".
- * "Tutwiler Warden Copes with 'Ticking Time Bomb'." The Birmingham News at the Southern Center for Human Rights. 8 April 2003. Retrieved on September 6, 2010.
- "Women Allege Widespread Sexual Abuse at Alabama Prison, Nonprofit Group Says". CNN. 22 May 2012. Retrieved 20 March 2013.
- Mcleod, Michael (9 May 2002). "Lynda Block Heads for the Electric Chair Convinced the Government Is the Enemy". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved 20 March 2013.
- "Inmates Executed in Alabama". Alabama Department of Corrections. Retrieved on March 3, 2011.
- "Amy Bishop-Anderson spends first night at Tutwiler prison". WAFF-TV. September 26, 2012. Archived from the original on June 3, 2013. Retrieved December 5, 2012. "Amy Bishop-Anderson will spend the rest of her life inside Tutwiler prison. Alabama has three women's facilities, but Department of Corrections officials said she'll serve her time in Tutwiler in Wetumpka."