Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley says prison uprisings will occur in other facilities in the state if the problems of overcrowding and understaffing aren’t addressed.
Bentley visited Holman Prison in Atmore which has has seen two violent disturbances over the past several days. Prison officials say inmates stabbed the warden and a corrections officer at the prison and inmates seized control of the dorm for several hours Monday after officers tried to apprehend a prisoner suspected of stabbing another inmate.
News 5 has learned that only 17 guards were on duty with 991 inmates inside the prison on Friday night when the first uprising occurred.
Bentley says the problems in Alabama make it dangerous for the inmates, the guards and the wardens.
Before the recent uprisings, the governor already was asking state legislators to approve an $800 million bond issue to build four new, large prisons.