prison reform

Alabama Prison Reform Plan Update

In April, the U.S. Department of Justice issued a report stating that conditions inside Alabama’s prisons are unconstitutional. The report sites horrible conditions, sexual abuse, violence, and under staffing. DOJ gave Alabama lawmakers 50 days to take positive steps to correct the issues or face a lawsuit and a possible federal takeover. Since then the Department of Corrections has issued…

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…

Senate Sends Prison Bill to Conference Committee

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley’s $800 million prison construction plan is headed to a conference committee as the clock winds down on the legislative session. State senators voted 28-5 Tuesday night to send the bill to a conference committee. Bentley is trying to win approval of the plan before the session ends Wednesday. Bentley is seeking to borrow $800 million to…

Law Enforcement Concerned About Class D Felonies

A new class of felony has local enforcement worried the state will be releasing prisoners too soon. The Prison Reform Act signed by Governor Bentley in May of 2015 was designed to help prisons deal with over-crowding. Part of the act lowers the sentencing of Class C felonies to a new type of crime known as Class D felonies, allowing non-violent offenders…