alabama prisons

ADOC Adds Seventy New Corrections Officers

From the West Alabama Newsroom– The effort to improve conditions in state prisons continues — as the Alabama Department of Corrections adds dozens of new officers into the system. Trevonterrious Randall of Birmingham is one of seventy new corrections officers that have graduated into the ranks of the DOC. Families and friends looked on as the new officers received their…

Governor Says Alabama ‘Working’ to Avoid Prison Lawsuit

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey convened a new criminal justice commission as the state tries to avoid a Department of Justice lawsuit over prison conditions. Ivey said Monday that the Governor’s Study Group on Criminal Justice will study possible solutions for the state’s longstanding prison problems. The group will gather data on sentencing laws, recidivism and policies. The panel met for…

Contraband Search at Staton Prison in Elmore Leads to Medical Emergency for Canine

Sgt. Quinton Jones and Jake – Photo from AL Dept. of Corrections The Alabama Dept. of Corrections says a contraband search late last night at Staton Correctional Facility in Elmore led to a medical emergency for a Corrections K9 that was supporting the operation. Three emergency response teams were dispatched to search a dorm for contraband. During the search, the…

Gov. Ivey Forms Group to Study Prison Issues

Gov. Kay Ivey announced in a statement this morning that by executive order, she has established the Governor’s Study Group on Criminal Justice Policy. The group will analyze data and best practices to further address the challenges facing Alabama’s prison system. Prisons have long been plagued with overcrowded conditions, poor facilities and understaffing. Ivey says she believes that reforming the…

SPLC: Suicide Crisis in Alabama Prisons

Sen. Cam Ward: "Rate is higher than it should be."

AP-AL–Inmate Suicides Advocacy group: Alabama has prison suicide crisis MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – An advocacy group says Alabama officials have failed to address a rising suicide rate in state prisons despite a federal court order to improve conditions for mentally ill inmates. Southern Poverty Law Center President Richard Cohen said Friday it’s an emergency the state must address. The organization…

Inmate Mental Health Court Order

Judges orders prison system to report segregation data

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – A federal judge has ordered the Alabama Department of Corrections to report data on the number of mentally ill inmates who have been placed in segregation units. U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson issued the order Tuesday after attorneys for inmates asked him to intervene because of a high number of suicides. Attorneys last week filed an…

State Prison Inmate Drug Programs Funded

Federal Grant Approved

     The U.S. Justice Department has approved a grant of a half-million dollars to pay for drug treatment programs in seven Alabama state prisons.      State officials say the program… “…provides inmates the opportunity to escape their drug habit while in prison and create a new slate when they are released. …the program will be conducted by counselors who specialize…

Alabama Prisons Agree to Changes Regarding Suicidal Inmates

Alabama prisons have agreed to put new suicide prevention measures in place after an inmate killed himself days after testifying that there’s inadequate psychiatric care in state prisons. U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson on Thursday approved the temporary agreement between the Alabama Department of Corrections and attorneys for inmates. The prison system agreed to keep a licensed mental health professional…

11th Circuit Won’t Stop Arthur Execution

An appellate court has refused to stop the execution of Alabama inmate Tommy Arthur. The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday denied Arthur’s request for a stay of execution. The court, in a split decision, upheld a federal judge’s decision that dismissed Arthur’s lawsuit challenging Alabama’s death penalty procedure as unconstitutional. Arthur is scheduled to be executed by…