alabama prisons

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…

Alabama Parole Board Denies Parole for 11 Violent Offenders

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Governor’s Study Group on Criminal Justice Policy Meets for 2nd Time

Sentencing was the topic of the Governor’s Study Group on Criminal Justice Policy meeting Thursday. Lawmakers were presented with pages and pages of data outlining Alabama’s booming prison population and complex sentencing guidelines. “There is no easy , simple, or free fix, and as hard as that is to swallow it’s just the truth,” said Bennet Wright, Executive Director of…

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…