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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…

Inmate Fatally Stabbed at Bullock Correctional Facility

The Bullock Correctional Facility in Union Springs was placed on lockdown after an inmate was stabbed and killed Monday afternoon. Corrections officials say 41-year-old James Edward Rogers was stabbed with makeshift knives in the facility’s dorm around 2 p.m. He was taken to the the facility’s hospital where he later died. Prison officials detained 19-year-old Paul Johnson and 35-year-old Christopher…

ADOC Pushes for Prison Consolidation

The Alabama Department of Corrections will be pushing a proposal this legislative session to help Alabama’s prison overcrowding problem. The plan to consolidate 14 of Alabama’s 16 maximum and medium security prisons into four large state of the art regional correctional facilities is called the Alabama Prison Transformation initiative. Department of Corrections Commissioner Jeff Dunn discussed the initiative with journalists who toured…

Alabama Shifting Officers To Understaffed Prison

The Alabama Department of Corrections says it is closing a work center in Escambia County to shift officers to a badly understaffed prison. The agency said Tuesday that closing the Atmore Community Work Center will let it transfer additional workers to the troubled Holman prison nearby. The center has 27 workers and houses 240 inmates. The nearby prison has been…

ADOC Studies Aging Prisons

The Alabama Department of Corrections is studying the state’s aging prisons, some of which could one day be replaced with a few “mega-prisons” housing up to 4,000 inmates each. The agency has a nearly $500,000 contract with an engineering and architecture firm to study Alabama’s aging prisons. Results could be used to make the case for new, larger facilities, a…