alabama department of corrections

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…

Alabama Executes Man Convicted of 2000 Murder

Alabama has executed a man who killed his employer at a traveling carnival decades ago and later dropped appeals and asked for the death sentence to be carried out. Authorities say 50-year-old Michael Wayne Eggers was pronounced dead at 7:29 p.m. CDT Thursday after an injection at the state prison in Atmore. Eggers was sentenced to death for his conviction…

House Approves $85 Million for Prison Improvements

Alabama lawmakers have approved an $85 million increase for the state’s prison system as they try to comply with a federal court order to improve mental health care for inmates. The House of Representatives on Tuesday approved $30 million for the Department of Corrections before September and a $55 million boost in next year’s general fund budget. U.S. District Judge…