alabama department of corrections

Prison System Graduates New Class of Correctional Officers

The Alabama Department of Corrections is hiring a new category of corrections officer as the state tries to address a prison staffing shortage. Sixty-one basic correctional officers will graduate Friday from the Alabama Corrections Academy in Selma. The prison system created the new position of basic officer this year to speed the hiring of security staff. The program has easier…

Memorial Service Held for K9 Jake

A memorial service honoring the life of a prison search dog who died earlier this month was held Tuesday. Jake, an Alabama Department of Correction’s K9, became ill after detecting a narcotic during a drug search at a state prison on June 18th. Over a hundred people came to honor the sacrifice the dog made at Staton Correctional Facility in…

Former Officer Arrested on Prison Contraband Charge

An Alabama corrections officer has been arrested on charges of accepting money to help smuggle forbidden items into a state prison. The Alabama Department of Corrections said Wednesday that Willie Gene McLemore, Jr. was arrested last month on charges of using his official position for financial gain. The prison system said investigators discovered evidence that McLemore had received electronic transfers…

Federal Judge, Advocacy Groups Demand Change After Prison Suicides

One group is speaking out against Alabama’s prison problems. The Southern Poverty Law Center says immediate action needs to be taken to help prevent prisoner suicides. “Unfortunately, those individuals will never come back and their families will suffer forever,” Mitch McGuire says. McGuire represents families of several inmates who committed suicide in Alabama prisons. In fact, fifteen inmates committed suicide…

SPLC Presents Its Own Plan to Improve State Prison System

More demands today for the state lawmakers to fix Alabama’s prisons after the federal government recently delivered a scathing report on the system’s current state of affairs. The Southern Poverty Law Center sent a letter to Governor Kay Ivey and the Department of Corrections with its own plan to improve prison safety. This comes after the Alabama Department of Justice…

Fed’s Report Condemning Alabama Prisons: State Vows Action

After the U.S. Department of Justice condemned Alabama prisons for excessive violence and inmate deaths, state officials say they are turning to the enormous task of addressing the problems. The Department of Justice reports the state must take immediate, long-term steps to address understaffing, violence and other problems – or face a federal lawsuit. Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey responds that…

U.S. Justice Department: Alabama Prisons Violate U.S. Constitution—Reaction Added

Alabama's actions are "A failure to respect the rule of law".

“The United States Constitution bans ‘cruel and unusual punishments’ but the conditions found in our investigation of Alabama prisons provide reasonable cause to believe there is a flagrant disregard of that injunction,” said U.S. Attorney Richard Moore. “The failure to respect the rule of law by providing humane treatment for inmates”   All three U.S. Attorneys in Alabama have agreed…

Divers Recover Driver’s Body After Car Goes Into Coosa River

A body was found in the Coosa River after a high speed chase ended in the river late last night. The car crashed into the Coosa River at Gold Star Park. Police say that Alabama Department of Corrections officers were chasing a car that left Tutweiler Prison Thursday. They say the driver then took a turn into gold star park…

Montgomery Suspects Arrested on Attempted Smuggling Contraband Charges

Charge: smuggling prison contraband

From The Alabama Department of Corrections: “ATMORE, Ala –  Agents with the Alabama Department of Corrections Investigations and Intelligence Division arrested two suspects on Monday for attempting to smuggle contraband into a state prison in southwest Alabama.   \ At approximately 12:30 a.m., a K-9 unit from the William C. Holman Correctional Facility in Atmore observed a suspicious vehicle parked at the facility’s entrance…

Former Alabama Officer Arrested on Georgia Charge

A former Alabama prison officer is charged in an alleged sexual assault near Atlanta. The Alabama Department of Corrections says 48-year-old Matthew Lee Moore is charged with aggravated sodomy, assault with the intent to commit rape and false imprisonment in Fulton County, Georgia. Moore worked at St. Clair prison east of Birmingham since 2001. A statement from the system released…