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Inmates and Homeless May Qualify for Stimulus Checks

From the West Alabama Newsroom– Activist groups in Selma say thousands of people — are missing out on millions of dollars they’re entitled to — from the federal government. Members of the Alabama News South Coalition — and the Save Our Selves Movement for Justice and Democracy held a press conference to raise awareness about the issue Thursday morning. They…

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…

Sweep of Dallas Co. Jail Uncovers Contraband

From the West Alabama Newsroom– The Dallas County Sheriff Office is stepping up security at the county jail — after a random security sweep uncovers a bunch of illegal contraband at the facility. Sheriff Mike Granthum says weapons — drugs — and other illegal contraband were found Friday during the sweep. Granthum says the policies that are in place to…

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…

8 Alabama Inmates Ask for Execution by Nitrogen Gas

A lawsuit challenging Alabama’s lethal injection process has taken an unexpected turn after eight inmate plaintiffs asked to be put to death by the state’s new execution method: inhaling nitrogen gas. The Alabama attorney general’s office and lawyers for inmates submitted a joint motion Tuesday to dismiss the litigation. Lawyers said the inmates’ claims are moot, “because their executions will…

ADOC Pushes for Prison Consolidation

The Alabama Department of Corrections will be pushing a proposal this legislative session to help Alabama’s prison overcrowding problem. The plan to consolidate 14 of Alabama’s 16 maximum and medium security prisons into four large state of the art regional correctional facilities is called the Alabama Prison Transformation initiative. Department of Corrections Commissioner Jeff Dunn discussed the initiative with journalists who toured…

Alabama Prisons Agree to Changes Regarding Suicidal Inmates

Alabama prisons have agreed to put new suicide prevention measures in place after an inmate killed himself days after testifying that there’s inadequate psychiatric care in state prisons. U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson on Thursday approved the temporary agreement between the Alabama Department of Corrections and attorneys for inmates. The prison system agreed to keep a licensed mental health professional…

Alabama Shifting Officers To Understaffed Prison

The Alabama Department of Corrections says it is closing a work center in Escambia County to shift officers to a badly understaffed prison. The agency said Tuesday that closing the Atmore Community Work Center will let it transfer additional workers to the troubled Holman prison nearby. The center has 27 workers and houses 240 inmates. The nearby prison has been…

Two Dallas Co. Jail Inmates Stabbed

Authorities are investigating the stabbing of two inmates at the Dallas County Jail. District Attorney Michael Jackson says the jail was on lockdown Tuesday after the stabbings. He identified the inmates as Kenyatta Dukes and Michael Morton. Information wasn’t immediately available on the extent of their injuries and the circumstances surrounding the stabbings. ___ (Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All…

Obama Administration to End Use of Private Prisons

The Justice Department says it’s phasing out its relationships with private prisons after a recent audit found the private facilities have more safety and security problems than ones run by the government. Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates has instructed federal officials to significantly reduce reliance on private prisons. As of December 2015, more than 22,000 federal inmates – or about…