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Hate Crime Vigil

Held in memory of the murder of Billy Jack Gaither in Sylacauga in 1999

The annual vigil for hate crime victims was held this rainy Sunday on the Capitol steps. Next year will be the 20th year for the vigil, which began as a way to draw attention to the murder of a gay man, Billy Jack Gaither, in Sylacauga. The two men convicted of the murder—Steven Mullins and Charles Butler were sentenced to…

State Wants to Go Through with Execution of Death Row Inmate

Alabama is asking an appellate court to let the November execution of an inmate go forward. The state attorney general’s office on Friday asked the 11th U.S. circuit Court of Appeals to reject Tommy Arthur’s request for a stay. The state argues Arthur has used abusive litigation tactics to “escape” execution. Arthur had been scheduled for execution on six previous…

Corrections Officer Assaulted by Inmate at Holman Prison

Corrections officials say another officer has been assaulted at a troubled prison in south Alabama. A statement from the department says a lieutenant at Holman prison in Atmore was trying to control an inmate when the man assaulted the officer with a makeshift weapon on Thursday. The officer was treated for a minor cut above one of his eyes, and…

Memorial Service Held for Slain Holman Prison Corrections Officer

A memorial service is being held for an Alabama corrections officer who died after being stabbed by an inmate. Gov. Robert Bentley will speak at the Wednesday memorial service in Anniston honoring corrections officer Kenneth Bettis. Bettis’ name is being added to the Alabama Law Enforcement Memorial wall in Anniston. Bettis died Sept. 16 after succumbing to injuries from a…

ADOC Officials Report Corrections Officers Strike at Holman Prison

Alabama Department of Corrections officials are responding to unofficial and erroneous reports of corrections officers participating in a strike at the William C. Holman Correctional Facility in Atmore. Prison officials are acknowledging that nine officers did not report for the facility’s third shift on Saturday.   In response, and as standing operating procedure, officers from other ADOC facilities were assigned to…

Inmates at Holman Prison Participate in Work Stoppage

The Alabama Department of Corrections is reporting an inmate work stoppage at the William C. Holman Correctional Facility in Atmore. Early Friday, prison officials reported that group of approximately 10 inmates did not report to the facility’s kitchen for preparing the morning meal.   Later Friday, approximately 35 inmates assigned to the facility’s tag plant that produces the state’s license plates…

Inmate Charged with Atempted Murder Following Correctional Officer Stabbing

An Alabama corrections officer is improving after being stabbed at Holman prison in Atmore. Corrections spokesman Bob Horton says the officer was listed in serious condition Friday. That’s an improvement from after the attack on Thursday, when the officer was in critical condition. Officials have yet to release the officer’s name. But they say the worker was stabbed in retaliation…

More Prisoners Across Alabama Join Prison Strike

Inmates at three Alabama prisons have issued unified demands after initiating a widespread work stoppage on May 1. They are protesting exploitative labor policies and horrific prison conditions caused, in part, by overcrowding; Alabama’s prisons are operating at close to 200 percent over capacity. Prison staff have attempted to suppress the civil disobedience by significantly reducing prisoners’ meal portions, a…

Elmore Prison No Longer on Lockdown; Holman Prison Remains Locked Down

Elmore Correctional Facility is no longer on lockdown. Approximately 90 percent of the 300 inmates who participated in the work stoppage have returned to work. Holman remains on lockdown as the work stoppage there continues. The Department of Corrections has transferred inmates from the Atmore Community Work Center to operate the tag plant at Holman. Thirteen inmates reported to work in…

Execution Date Set for Alabama Death Row Inmate

Lawyers for an Alabama death row inmate are asking a federal court to stop his execution next week, saying he is incompetent because of mental illness, strokes and dementia. Attorneys for 65-year-old Vernon Madison filed the emergency stay request Wednesday in federal court in Mobile. Madison is scheduled to get a lethal injection May 12. He was convicted in the…