Crowding blamed for Anchorage prison sex assault

Posted: Thursday, October 28, 2010

ANCHORAGE - The American Civil Liberties Union and the union for Alaska prison guards say the indictment of an inmate accused of sexually assaulting three other prisoners demonstrates problems with overcrowding and understaffing.

A federal indictment last Thursday said 35-year-old Sabil Mujahid abused three men at the Anchorage Correctional Complex while being held on sex trafficking and weapons charges.

Brad Wilson of the Alaska Corrections Officers Association told the Anchorage Daily News the state has reduced staffing while increasing inmates. ACLU prison rights attorney Tom Stenson says the risk should have been apparent.

Deputy Corrections Commissioner Carmen Gutierrez says staffing levels are above the national average.

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