alabama department of corrections

ADOC Closing Main Facility at Holman Prison Due to Critical Infrastructure Failures

To ensure the ongoing safety and security of correctional staff, inmates, and the public, Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) Commissioner Jeff Dunn Wednesday announced accelerated plans initiated in August 2018 to close and decommission the main facility at William C. Holman Correctional Facility – one of the Department’s oldest structural facilities. The decision to accelerate the existing plan was made…

Group Fights for Rights of Current, Former Inmates

One group is fighting for the rights of former and current incarcerated people impacted by Alabama’s prison system. The Ordinary People Society held a rally in front of the office Tuesday. Organization Founder, Kenneth Glasgow, led the rally to demand equality for the inmates mistreated in the system. Family members were given the opportunity to share their concerns about the…

Alabama Prison Construction Plan Inches Forward

Alabama’s governor is asking four companies to submit bids for building new state prisons. Gov. Kay Ivey announced Tuesday that four developer teams have qualified for the next stage of the bid process. Ivey’s press office said the firms are The GEO Group, Corvias, CoreCivic and Alabama Prison Transformation Partners. GEO and CoreCivic are two large private prison companies. Alabama…

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…