Groups ask Ala. prisons to limit razor distribution

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Advocacy groups say Alabama prisons are giving inmates virtually unlimited access to razors, a practice that’s leading to deaths and injuries inside the lockups.

The Southern Poverty Law Center and the Alabama Disabilities Advocacy Program asked a court Thursday to bar prisons from freely distributing razor blades to male inmates.

The groups are making the request on behalf of prisoners who’ve tried to kill themselves using the razors. They say razors are being distributed even after an inmate used one to kill himself at Limestone prison in 2011.

The groups say they met with prison officials to discuss the problem but little has changed.

The prison system has filed court documents saying it’s trying to correct the issue.

The dispute comes in a lawsuit over mental health care for prisoners.

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