MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Inmate homicides are on the rise in Alabama's prisons despite a national spotlight on its corrections system.
Prison system statistics show 11 inmate-on-inmate homicides in the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30. Prison system reports show that's more than any recent year.
The rise in inmate homicides comes despite a national spotlight on Alabama prisons and state officials' promises for improvement.
The Justice Department has threatened to sue the state over its violent prisons and a federal judge ordered the state to add a many as 2,000 corrections officers.
Alabama Corrections Commissioner Jeff Dunn said the state is committed to improving inmate safety.
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