St. Clair Correctional Facility

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St. Clair Correctional Facility
Location1000 St Clair Road
Springville, Alabama
Statusopen
Security classmixed, including maximum
Capacity1,514
Opened1983
Managed byAlabama Department of Corrections

St. Clair Correctional Facility is an Alabama state men's prison located in Springville, St. Clair County, Alabama. The prison was originally built in 1983,[1] and has an operating capacity of 1,514 inmates.[2] The current warden is Guy Noe.[1]

The facility was built in 1983. In April 1985 it was site of a major riot. Five employees were beaten and 22 others including the warden and his deputy were held hostage by inmates armed with guns. The prisoners complained of "barbaric conditions."[3] [4]

Within a year period ending September 2014, six inmates had been killed in the facility.[5] The Alabama non-profit Equal Justice Initiative had already called for a change in leadership three months prior, after inmate Jodey Waldrop was killed in the early morning hours of June 3, [6] for what they described as a pattern of serious neglect and violence, including an incident when the then-warden punched a handcuffed prisoner. As of June 2014 the prison was at 130 percent capacity.[7]

Press reports indicate that the facility is in a lawless condition. One expert cited "a total breakdown of the necessary basic structures that are required to operate a prison safely."[8]

In March 2016 a correctional officer was wounded by a knife, trying to break up a fight.[9] On May 13, 2016, another inmate was found dead of unknown causes.[10]

In June 2016 the Equal Justice Initiative filed a motion in federal court arguing that "severe overcrowding, understaffing and dangerous conditions violate the prisoners' constitutional rights," and that the prison's severe understaffing poses a safety risk to guards and correctional officers. The facility runs at 59.5% of full staffing levels, giving it a staff-to-inmate ratio among the highest in U.S. prisons. [11] In the fiscal year ending in September 2016, there were 249 reported assaults at St. Clair.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Robertson, Campbell (March 28, 2017). "An Alabama Prison's Unrelenting Descent Into Violence". The New York Times. Retrieved March 28, 2017.
  2. ^ "St. Clair Correctional Facility". Alabama Dept of Corrections. Retrieved 31 July 2016.
  3. ^ Robertson, Campbell (29 March 2017). "An Alabama Prison's Unrelenting Descent Into Violence". New York Times.
  4. ^ Treadwell, David (16 April 1985). "Warden Among Those Seized; Seven Injured : 22 Freed as Alabama Prison Riot Ends". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 29 March 2017.
  5. ^ Toner, Casey (16 September 2014). "St. Clair inmate killed on 45th birthday becomes fourth inmate killed in past 13 months". Alabama.com. Retrieved 31 July 2016.
  6. ^ Toner, Casey (12 June 2014). "Prison reform group calls for new St. Clair warden, citing third inmate homicide in 10 months". Alabama.com. Retrieved 31 July 2016.
  7. ^ Toner, Casey (16 September 2014). "St. Clair inmate killed on 45th birthday becomes fourth inmate killed in past 13 months". Alabama.com. Retrieved 31 July 2016.
  8. ^ Robertson, Campbell (29 March 2017). "An Alabama Prison's Unrelenting Descent Into Violence". New York Times.
  9. ^ Lydia Hu, Mia Watkins (21 March 2016). "St. Clair Correctional Facility officer stabbed; prison remains on lockdown". WBRC Fox^ News. Retrieved 31 July 2016.
  10. ^ Schauer, Melynda (13 May 2016). "Inmates Dies at St. Clair Correctional Facility". WBRC Fox6 News. Retrieved 31 July 2016.
  11. ^ Shelburne, Beth (3 June 2016). "New motion says prison staff at St. Clair Correctional Facility work in fear". WTVM ABC affiliate. Retrieved 31 July 2016.

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Coordinates: 33°44′44″N 86°23′06″W / 33.745512°N 86.384993°W / 33.745512; -86.384993