The Law: The Real Governor

"Mattresses spread on floors in hallways and next to urinals. . .food often infested with insects . . . many toilets will not flush and are overflowing . . . overpowering odor . .. exposed wiring poses a constant danger . . . inadequately heated and ventilated . . . rampant violence and jungle atmosphere .. . wholly unfit for human habitation."

Such phrases ripped through the normal calm of U.S. District Judge Frank M. Johnson Jr.'s legal prose last week as he announced his findings in four lawsuits attacking the entire Alabama state penal...

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