michael michael kors outlet What should you know about Alabama prisons? AL.com readers share their Tutwiler experiencesThe Alabama prison experience responses have poured in via an online form, through email and, perhaps most surprisingly, in a pile of letters. (Kelsey Stein | kstein@al.com)

"I seen a lot of things I still have nightmares about."

Among descriptions shared with AL.com of , that sentiment is expressed often. The responses have poured in viaan online form, through email and, perhaps most surprisingly, in a pile ofletters.

In deeply personal responses, dozens of former inmates,family members of current inmates and volunteers with prison ministries havegiven detailed accounts of how their experiences with the facility continue toaffect their lives. They also shared what, in their opinions, most Alabamians don'tknow but should .

Here is what they had to say:

Tracey Neely, who mentioned the nightmares she is plaguedwith, said her incarceration at Tutwiler affected her mental health andrelationships with her husband and friends.

"I have trouble still sleeping and I don't socialize like Idid before I went to prison," Neely wrote. "I'm in constant fear of making asimple mistake and having to go back down there... I've alienated myself fromlife and friends and family."

Alice Wood, who volunteered with the Kairos Ministry, wantsto know why many Alabamians are not concerned about inmates, especiallypreparing them to return to life outside prison.

"Those incarcerated are your friends and neighbors, and thevast majority are going to get out," Wood wrote. "So why not treat them withsome dignity while carrying out their sentence and teach them some life copingskills?"

Rachel Baker said the worst part of her time in prison wasbeing separated from her children for so long.

"It is humiliating... and can be a horrific experience if youdon't mind your own business and live (or blend in) with the population," shewrote. "If you are unlucky enough to get singled out it is very scary."

Starr Blackmon said her relationships did not suffer toomuch during her incarceration because she has "a good, strong family who stoodbeside me from day 1." But she offered a blunt word of warning.

"Tutwiler is not fit for a human being," she wrote. "Dowhatever you can to keep from having to go!"

What s your experience with Alabama s prison system?

We invite you to share your story and help to shine a light on what s happening inside.Your participation will help guide and inform our reporting.

by Caspio

In deeply personal responses, dozens of former inmates, family members of current inmates and volunteers with prison ministries have given detailed accounts of how their experiences with the facility continue to affect their lives.


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