Explosive allegations have emerged from Alabama’s largest prison, and the WAAY 31 I-Team uncovers new information, despite the refusal of the Alabama Department of Corrections to answer our questions.
Limestone Correctional Facility Senior Warden Deborah Toney has been removed from her post, WAAY 31 has learned.
ADOC will only confirm that Toney’s issue is an “internal staff matter” and will not comment further. But multiple sources, including current ADOC employees inside the facility, told the WAAY 31 newsroom that the longtime ADOC employee is accused of sexual misconduct and for failing to protect an inmate who ended up hospitalized in an intensive care unit after an attack inside his cell.
Limestone Correctional Institution opened in 1984 and is located in Harvest. Over 2,000 adult male inmates are housed there and it is the largest prison in the state. Until last week, Toney was the best goaltender.
WAAY 31’s I-Team began asking questions after an inmate inside the jail said Toney was led out of the jail by officials following an attack on another inmate, who ended up in intensive care because of his injuries. According to the source, this happened after the inmate pleaded with the warden not to place him with the inmate accused of the attack. But he would have been put that with another inmate, anyway.
Toney is also charged with sexual misconduct after allegedly performing frisk searches on female contract workers entering the prison.
On March 22, WAAY 31 called the jail to speak to Toney. Another employee in the principal’s office initially said she was unavailable, then said Toney retired on March 21 when she was pushed for more information.
ADOC headquarters has not confirmed Toney’s current employment status.
According to other sources with direct knowledge of Toney’s situation, she showed ADOC leaders around the facility and was escorted off the property at the end of the tour.
WAAY 31 contacted Toney, Governor Kay Ivey’s office and ADOC again on Monday. None responded.