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Settlement Reached in Alabama Chain Gang Suit

A year after Alabama became the first state in the nation to revive the use of chain gangs, state officials have agreed to end the practice permanently. As this issue goes to press details are sketchy and it is unclear whether the state has agreed to abandon chain gangs altogether or simply end the practice of chaining prisoners together in groups of five.

What is clear, however, is that a settlement was reached in the lawsuit filed by the Southern Poverty Law Center. The suit challenged the practice of chaining prisoners together, claiming that it constitutes cruel and unusual punishment. As soon as PLN obtains a copy of the settlement we will provide readers with a complete report.

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