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Hot Blast: Oklahoma's paying attention to Alabama's prison woes

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An undated handout image shows knives made by prisoners at the St. Clair Correctional Facility in Springville. More than 2,000 photographs that evidence suggests were taken inside the correctional facility in Alabama raise the question: would we fix our prisons if we could see what happens inside them? (Handout via The New York Times) 

The crisis that's overwhelming Alabama's state prisons is likely the most important topic in our state today. Federal intervention is probable unless the state meets the feds' deadline for improvements in reducing violence and overcrowding. 

And the rest of the nation is watching.

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