Ethical Treatment of Prisoners: A Case Study

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Ethical Treatment of Prisoners: A Case Study Introduction There are not many people living in North Alabama who have not heard of Farron Barksdale. Farron Barksdale died in an Alabama prison shortly after transfer from a county jail. Barksdale was mentally ill and found guilty to killing a police officer. I. The Case of Farron Barksdale It was reported by a Huntsville Times reporter, Hollis in 2009 as follows: "Barksdale, 32, who had been treated for mental illness for years, was sent to Kilby Correctional Facility after he pleaded guilty to capital murder and was sentenced to life in prison without parole for killing the Athens officers. He died 10 days after arriving at Kilby and being discovered unconscious in his cell in 2007. Attorneys for Mary Barksdale, Barksdale's mother, and six inmates at Donaldson Correctional Facility in Bessemer sued for the release of prison records. The Alabama Press Association, The Huntsville Times, Montgomery-based Raycom Media, WAFF-TV in Huntsville and WSFA-TV in Montgomery were added as parties to the case and argued for access to the records. Circuit Judge Eugene Reese of Montgomery ruled that prison incident reports are public records, although parts could be blacked out if the release of the information would jeopardize prison security or an investigation. The Supreme Court agreed with Reese." (Hollis, 2009) A few days later the attorneys for Farron's mother, Mary Barksdale are reported to have: "announced that she and the
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