Date: April 28, 2019
“Linda Donahoo says she occasionally gets phone calls from inmates at Easterling Correctional Facility in Barbour County. That’s where her son Shannon is imprisoned.
The phone calls are simple: Send money, or your son could die.
She says she sent $300 last time. She’s sent larger sums over the years – $400, $500. The money is sent through Green Dot, Pay Pal, Western Union or Walmart cards. She reports the calls, she says, to the Alabama Department of Corrections and to federal authorities.
Donahoo’s story of extortion is similar to those found during an extensive two-and-a-half-year federal investigation of Alabama prisons, released this month by the U.S. Department of Justice. “Alabama’s inability to prevent and address the extortion of prisoners and prisoners’ family members leads to a substantial risk of serious harm,” the report stated.”