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Could Virus Funds Soon be Used to Build New Prisons in Alabama?

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Alabama lawmakers have begun reviewing the latest prison construction proposal. Legislators on Wednesday discussed the proposal to build three new prisons and renovate others. The projects would be partly funded with $400 million from American Rescue Plan Act funds. Republican Rep. Steve Clouse, the House budget chairman who helped draft the proposal, said it received a…

Alabama House to Consider Repeal of Habitual Offender Law

A divided legislative committee has advanced a bill to repeal Alabama’s habitual offender law that mandates longer sentences for repeat offenders. The House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday approved the bill on a 9-5 vote. The bill by Rep. Chris England (D-Tuscaloosa), would do away with the sentencing mandates for new cases and allow some prisoners to have their sentences reviewed….

Former Longtime Alabama State Rep. Alvin Holmes Dies at 81

  Rep. Alvin Holmes, D-Montgomery,  March 20, 2012. (AP Photo/Dave Martin) Former Alabama state Rep. Alvin Holmes of Montgomery has died at the age of 81. Holmes had been the longest-serving member of the Alabama House of Representatives before his defeat in 2018. State House of Representatives spokesman Clay Redden confirmed Holmes’ death today.  Holmes was one of the first…