Severe understaffing in Alabama’s prisons has contributed to at least three inmate deaths this year and has led to inadequate medical care, amounting to cruel and unusual punishment, two civil rights groups said in a report released on Tuesday.

In some cases, inmates were unwittingly placed under “do not resuscitate” orders, said the report, which was co-authored by the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Alabama Disabilities Advocacy Program. (Report:

Diabetic inmates sometimes waited months before having their blood sugar levels taken, resulting, in some cases, in inmates having their toes and feet amputated as a result of inadequate care, it said.

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