Alabama currently uses minimum security prisoners, without shackles, to pick up litter around highways. But over half of Alabama's prisoners have medium and maximum security classifications which do not allow them to work outside of prison compounds. AWith leg shackles, we can put higher risk inmates to work@ on the outside, said Jones. Jones stated the chains would allow five prisoners to work in a group with 8 feet of chain between the prisoners. The first chain gang will start in Limestone County.
Asked by the media, no one at the AL DOC could recall when or why the DOC had done away with chain gangs. The chain gangs will be used along heavily traveled interstate highways in full view of motorists. This would indicate that the actual purpose of the chain gangs is as a political propaganda tool of the Republican Governor rather than any penological goal of impressing newcomers to the Alabama prison system
Topeka Paper, March 2, 1995
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