ANNISTON, Ala. —
Local leaders are campaigning for creation of a new state women's correctional facility in Calhoun County.
The Anniston Star reports that that a new women's prison could curb overcrowding, and possibly help avert a lawsuit involving the Tutwiler Prison for Women.
State Rep. Barbara Boyd, D-Anniston, has long been an advocate of closure of Tutwiler, the state's only maximum-security prison for women.
Tutwiler, which also serves as Alabama's receiving unit for female inmates, houses not just violent, maximum security inmates but also many women imprisoned for nonviolent crimes. Allegations of sexual abuse at Tutwiler — and a federal investigation into those claims — have moved the prison to the political front-burner.
Boyd has long advocated for the creation of a system of lower-security facilities around Alabama, to house nonviolent female offenders.