Gov. Kay Ivey

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…

Governor’s Panel Tours Aging, Understaffed Prison

State officials toured a state prison that the corrections commissioner say illustrates the state’s problem with aging facilities. It also shows the state’s ongoing problems with understaffing. The Governor’s Study Group on Criminal Justice Policy on Tuesday toured Holman Correctional Facility in Atmore. The maximum-security inmate houses more than 1,000 inmates in facilities originally designed for about 500. Corrections Commissioner…

Prison Construction Proposal Inches Forward

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Alabama is inching forward with a plan to build three new prisons. The Alabama Department of Corrections on Monday will open company responses to a “request for qualifications” from firms interested in building the proposed new prisons. A spokeswoman for Gov. Kay Ivey said the state will release the names of the companies on Monday. Ivey…

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…

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey to Attend Paris Air Show

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey is taking a state delegation to the upcoming Paris Air Show. The Alabama delegation includes economic development specialists, elected officials, university representatives and others attending the aerospace industry event. Ivey’s office said the governor and Commerce Secretary Greg Canfield have meetings with aerospace companies including Raytheon, Blue Origin and the United Launch…

Lawmakers Approve Medical Marijuana Study Commission

Alabama lawmakers have voted to create a medical marijuana commission to draft legislation that they might consider next year. Lawmakers approved the study commission Friday after an original medical marijuana bill hit opposition. The study commission bill now goes to Gov. Kay Ivey. Republican Sen. Tim Melson of Florence has said it would be a step forward toward the goal…

State Superintendent and Board Member React to Proposed Bill that Would Stop Election of State Board of Education Members

Alabama is among six states with an elected state school board and Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh says it is time to convert it from an elected board to a commission appointed by the governor. “We have got to take this governance serious. It’s nothing personal against any elected state school board member but if you look at the…

State Leaders Honor Holocaust Survivors during Commemoration

State leaders honored holocaust survivors Tuesday at the Capitol. It was part of this year’s 2019 ‘Days of Remembrance’ Commemoration. Between 1941 and 1945, some 6 million Jews died tragically at the hands of Nazi, Germany during the Holocaust. In the Old House Chamber Tuesday, their lives were remembered. “We also must speak out against bigotry, against racism, against hate…

Federal Grant to Add Security steps in Alabama Prisons

Alabama prisons are getting some extra money to spend on improving security. The department plans to use a more than $64,000 federal grant announced Wednesday by Gov. Kay Ivey’s office to buy new equipment and conduct additional training. Some of the money will go toward protective gear that correctional officers can use when handling dangerous narcotics. Grant funds also will…