MSNBC documentary depicts life, death...

MSNBC documentary depicts life, death at Alabama's Holman Prison

There are 41 comments on the The Associated Press story from Dec 28, 2007, titled MSNBC documentary depicts life, death at Alabama's Holman Prison . In it, The Associated Press reports that:

“It's going to be a pretty small fan club”

Grantt Culliver is Alabama's only prison warden with a show on cable TV.

Culliver runs Holman Prison, which has been featured this fall on an MSNBC series documenting life inside some of America's toughest maximum-security prisons.

'Lockup: Holman Extended Stay' is gripping for its stark view of life at Holman. Its cameras encountered blood spilled during a prisoner assault, overcrowding, white supremacists and homosexual inmate 'marriages.'

The show also has depicted monthslong stays in solitary confinement, prison weapons and an inmate moonshine called 'julep.' Producers sometimes resorted to subtitles because of the background noise and syrup-thick Southern drawls. Read more

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Barely Making It

Wetumpka, AL

#21 Apr 22, 2010
Hey Chris in Va., did the criminal leave his victims fate up to God? No the criminal took fate into his own hands so yes he should be punished. I believe in the death penalty but I also feel the punishment should fit the crime. I don't think small time petty theft acts should be treated the same as murders. I don't think people that comit a crime because they are defending themselves should be treated the same as a child molestor. There are certain crimes that should punishable by Immediate Death, An Eye For An Eye. This is why our prisons are over crowded now, criminals have it made & the system doesn't care about the victim.
KIMBERLY BROWN-CHICAGO

Lansing, IL

#22 Apr 24, 2010
YOU ALL ARE ALL NUTS IF YOU THINK THIS CREEP WARDEN GRANT CULLIVER IS A GREAT WARDEN, LOOK UP ALL THE LAWSUITS HE HAS FILED AGAINST MIS TREATING PRISONERS, YOU CANT SEE PAST THIS GUYS CONTROLS ISSUES, AND KNOW HE IS NOT FUNNY. ITS SO INHUMANE AND WRONG TO DENY A CHESS SET, BOOKS, AND ICE, AND YOU WONDER WHY THE ANGER AND REHABILITATION IS LOW, WAHT IDIOTS!

Hello and Greetings from Chicago! I know this is a random email, but i just so happened to be watching "lockup" before i went to bed, the shows airs at like 1am in chicago. I was just kind of upset how you treat some of the inmates, Yeah its cool adn all how you seem to actually communicate with them and they can actually get to speak with you,
You seem like a great person, father and role model and we would love to have you at our school as prinicipal to whip these kids at the inner city schools in Chicago. But at the end of the day everyone is still human and God has the final say so and last say to take someones life! We get it that thye did crimes and of course they should be in jail and pay for their mistakes, however jail is an INSTITUTION, that is supposed to rehabilitate them on our tax dollars, not just throw them in a cell and rot away , hoping that they wont get angry and start fights adn riots, anyone thats human would get angry, HOW DO YOU EXPECT TO CUT DOWN ON CRIME if you cant ALLOW THEM TO HAVE BOOKS TO READ IN SEGREGATION, my friends adn i who were wathcing the show were so pissed, for lack of better words, that the poor guy asked for his damn chess set adn his books, i mean GEEZ LET THE POOR GUY HAVE HIS CHESS SET FOR CRYING OUT LOUD IF THAT WOULD KEEP HIM OUT OF TROUBLE, at this day in age we should be encouraging inmates to read adn write, by offering them adn letting them receive materials, to cut down on crime, anger, and improve self-esteem ,literacy, empowerment, hope, and if they do get the chance to get out learn job skills such as reading and writing, YEAH , THATS THE PERFECT ANSWER TO KEEP INMATES FROM FIGHTING ADN ANGER DOWN, LOCK THEM UP ADN THROW THEM AWAYS IN A CELL FOR 23 HOURS AND REHABILITATE THEM ADN TO FIGURE IT OUT ON THEIR OWN WITH NO BOOKS, so sad, i get the crime, but to rehabilitate someone is not throwing them in a cell with no option of reading a book, at least a book on self improvment, i was getting angry myself just watching the show, i feel their pain on the book part,

Kimberly Brown B.S., M.Ed.
Saloth Sar

Mobile, AL

#23 Apr 26, 2010
Ms. Brown, I am assuming that the B.S. behind your name is for the usual abbreviation? These people are hardened criminals only far left bleeding hearts would have any sympathty for them. I would love to see you take up this argument with the families of their victims in person, but that will never happen. You prefer to be passive aggressive as do all liberals. You have to understand, NOBODY gives damn if they are rehabilitated, they just don't want them on the streets, period. I am all for treating humans like humans and am not a fan of the death penalty, but this is just how it is. I also wonder if you are ready to pay more taxes for this rehabilitation you speak of. It's not free.
Goldenrod

Lexington, KY

#24 Apr 30, 2010
B.S., M.Ed. usually means Bachelors of Science in Music Education.

Mr. culliver was the person who actually did the lethal injections himself and as has been widely reported in news articles, he has never exhibited any sadness about having done so, in fact - quite the opposite. News reports say he is "moving up" to other duties and another warden will soon replace him.
pcdiva42

Pacifica, CA

#25 Jul 18, 2010
I THINK WARDEN CULLIVER IS A GREAT GUY.I THINK HE SHOWED US HOW PRISON ARE RAN THE GOOD AND THE BAD.I THINK HE WAS HONEST ON THIS SHOW. ITS HARD TO TELL A PERSON WHAT THEY SHOULD BE DOING UNTIL YOU BEEN IN THEIR SHOES.EVERYBODY CAN'T WORK A PRISON. I WISH HIM ONLY THE BEST AS HE EMBARK IN HIS CAREER.
Goldenrod

High Springs, FL

#26 Jul 19, 2010
MSNBC needs to do an update documentary to include such things as the change of warden and last weeks inmate killing at Holman.
DrMike

Yuma, AZ

#27 Aug 11, 2010
Warden Culliver is The Man! Best ever.
Chris champ napier

United States

#28 Nov 8, 2010
Iwas once A prisoner in Alabama prison system and Mr.Culliver was the warden,it was hell on heart but those tough lessons made me A a better preson check-OUT my web page www.champmypast.com . the title of my book is"poverty and prison frustrations of my past
Goldenrod

Fort White, FL

#29 Nov 10, 2010
Chris - congratulations on overcoming some frustrating situations and "becoming a better person."
chris

United States

#31 Nov 12, 2010
Barely Making It wrote:
Hey Chris in Va., did the criminal leave his victims fate up to God? No the criminal took fate into his own hands so yes he should be punished. I believe in the death penalty but I also feel the punishment should fit the crime. I don't think small time petty theft acts should be treated the same as murders. I don't think people that comit a crime because they are defending themselves should be treated the same as a child molestor. There are certain crimes that should punishable by Immediate Death, An Eye For An Eye. This is why our prisons are over crowded now, criminals have it made & the system doesn't care about the victim.
And this is where you fail to realize that no man has the power to condemn another man. We are equal beings. You can't say when another man should live or die. I understand being placed in jail/prison for criminal acts, but my argument stands that to condemn a man to die is wrong, no matter the situation. My grandfather was murdered a few years back. He was shot on his porch by some young thug. I don't know his reason for shooting him, but he did. Was I upset? Of course I was. Did I want his killer imprisoned? You bet. Do I want his killer to be killed for taking my grandfathers life? Absolutely not. It is not our place to take the lives of each other. When he does die (as we all will) God will determine his ultimate fate. If anything, I would hope that the years of rehabilitation would change him as a person, and possibly turn him into a better man in jail than he ever would have became outside. I'll even go as far to say that if he truly made a life altering change for the better, I'd support him in his appeal process. Of course, to be able to forgive and hold love above all other emotions requires God to be in ones life. I'm happy to say that he's in mines! Those of you that are on here screaming "death" and "they should have an electric bench to fry people every Saturday": Well, god bless you,lol.
nyc legally blond

United States

#32 Feb 26, 2011
Simzee wrote:
We NEED more people like Grant Culliver in this world. Keep up the great job.
I agree with you - grantt is a man with profound power and he addresses all issues in a just manner- he presents with a strong image as he should- he is in fact, the warden ad not there to make predicate felons like him. He is also extremely attractive to watch.
shawnd

Ancaster, Canada

#33 Apr 10, 2011
Well i for one am all in favor of Honourable Grant Culliver and the life saving rahabilitation work that he and his staff do and how he runs his prison. Personally he is the sliced bread of life we have all been waiting for. Ive never personally been to the great state of Alabama but i know friends family and others that have. Im gonna say this once and once only...IF I COULD TAKE A TOUR OF THAT FINE FACILITY, MEET AND SHAKE HANDS WITH THE FINE MEMBERS THAT STAFF THAT FACILITY...ID BUY THEM ALL LUNCH AND THE COLDEST FROSTIEST BEER THEY HAVE EVER TASTED..

Mr.Culliver...Preach on friend...Preach on...
debbie

Saint Louis, MO

#34 Jul 10, 2011
I love the show. And the warden, he is a good guy. I am a w/f, and if I lived in his state, and were single, I would ask him out to dinner. Being a southern Gent, I would of course let him pay, but damn, he is hot.
Jmm

Dublin, OH

#35 Jul 16, 2011
Grant - u r awesome...
Cap

United States

#36 Dec 23, 2011
I wrote a letter to Mr. Culliver and he answered it! I think he's the coolest warden there is. Bar none!
Wow

Springfield, MA

#37 Jul 28, 2012
Watching warden cullivers spot on msnbc made me tear up and i have no ties with anyone in prison but the way hes trying to change the culture of prison and show by example how to show respect to your fellow man inmate or not. It takes a SPECIAL individual to show that type of humanity when really he doesnt have to. Does anyone know if he has Facebook or an email address? I need to promote this guy. Good dude!
Wan from PA

Springfield, MA

#38 Jul 28, 2012
If you all believe prison helps or rehabilitates these individuals your CRAZY! How can you have someone serving 8 or 15 yrs in the same lockup with ppl serving life with no perole and think that after being subjected to rape and violence that comes every single day for 8 to 15 yrs by ppl who cant get anymore time and they get let out WHERE IS THE REHABILITATION? Its take yours and dare you to di sh$&@ about it, watch your back at ALL TIMES and DONT TRUST ANYONE! Once in prison stay there. Not the county but prison. Sorry, your damaged goods mentally..
Barbara Henning

Edmond, OK

#40 Feb 9, 2013
WArden cull over should run for President
!!!!!!!
Sonia gailes

Oley, PA

#41 Apr 7, 2013
Cool Warden!!!!
Andrea

Thailand

#42 Apr 8, 2013
I would like to know if there is a doctor or nurse present before, during and after the execution of an inmate at Holman. I'm writing a school report on the death penalty and I'm finding some conflicting information in terms of any medically trained people taking part at the execution. I'm aware that, at Holman, the warden administers the lethal drugs, but is there a doctor present who takes the vital signs and signs the death warrant?

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