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Former Officer Arrested on Prison Contraband Charge

An Alabama corrections officer has been arrested on charges of accepting money to help smuggle forbidden items into a state prison. The Alabama Department of Corrections said Wednesday that Willie Gene McLemore, Jr. was arrested last month on charges of using his official position for financial gain. The prison system said investigators discovered evidence that McLemore had received electronic transfers…

Lawmakers Give Update on Prison Reform Efforts

State Legislatures have until next week to comply with federal demands to improve Alabama’s prison system. A bi-partisan group of lawmakers from the House and the Senate met Thursday to give an update on what they are doing to improve conditions of Alabama prisons. They said they are taking a deliberate approach, and it is likely that there will be…

Inmate Stabbed to Death in State prison

An inmate has been fatally stabbed at a state prison in Elmore County. Alabama Department of Corrections spokesman Bob Horton said Wednesday that the stabbing happened June 9 at the Staton Correctional Facility in Elmore County. Prison staff found 60-year-old Barry Tyrone Reynolds with a stab wound at approximately 2:30 a.m. in one of the prison dorms. He was taken…

Alabama Gets Full Custody of Death Row Inmate; Plans to Execute Inmate Thursday

Attorney General Jeff Sessions says the U.S. will give Alabama full custody of a convicted package bomber who killed a federal judge so the state can execute him on Thursday. In a Monday court filing, the Justice Department said it would waive its right to custody of Walter Leroy Moody, Jr. The filing came after Moody argued he should be…

The Search For An Escaped Coosa County Inmate Continues

The search continues for a man who escaped from the Coosa County jail.  Authorities say Shane Vernon escaped Sunday afternoon after noticing a door wasn’t secure. Vernon is now also wanted for committing a string of other crimes, including kidnapping a Wetumpka man before abandoning him in Georgia. Not long after his escape Sunday afternoon, authorities say Vernon broke into…

Mistaken Release of Alabama Inmate Under Review

Alabama prison officials say a fake court document may have been behind the mistaken release of a state inmate from a county jail. A spokesman says 37-year-old inmate Bobby Campbell Jr., who was serving time for the second-degree rape of a 13-year-old in 2004, was transferred to the Barbour County Jail from Fountain prison in November based on a supposed…

Alabama Inmate Taken Off Death Row

An Alabama inmate who was twice sentenced to die has now been taken off death row. Marcus Benn, 40, on Monday was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole for the 2010 slayings of three people. Jefferson County Circuit Judge Tracie Todd said she made her ruling in light of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling striking down Florida’s death…

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…