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Trump Lawyer Michael Cohen Released from Prison to Serve Remaining Sentence on House Arrest

President Donald Trump’s longtime personal lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen was released from federal prison Thursday to serve the remainder of his sentence at home. Cohen has been serving a federal prison sentence at FCI Otisville in New York after pleading guilty to numerous charges, including campaign finance fraud and lying to Congress. Cohen arrived at his Manhattan apartment building…

Bibb Co. Man Sentenced to 17 Years for Killing Man in Argument Over Tattoo

A Bibb County man convicted of manslaughter has learned his fate. Charles Ryan Carroll was sentenced to 17 years for manslaughter. Carroll shot and killed Fonzo Cadell in an argument over a tattoo. Police say Cadell went to Carroll’s home to get a tattoo but Carroll refused due to being intoxicated. After an argument ensued, Carroll shot Cadell in the…

ADOC Conducts Raid at Easterling Correctional Facility to Eliminate Illegal Contraband

The Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) Tuesday announced it has completed a joint law enforcement Operation Restore Order raid to locate and eliminate illegal contraband at Easterling Correctional Facility (Easterling) in Clio. Following careful and strategic planning to ensure operational safety and success, ADOC officials launched the Restore Order mass search at 4:00 a.m. CST with support from more than…

Montgomery Woman Sentenced to 11 Years for Her Role in Armed Robbery Spree

On February 12, Diamond Markayla Mathis, 24, of Montgomery, was sentenced to 132 months in federal prison for her role in committing multiple armed robberies and violating federal firearms laws, announced U.S. Attorney Louis V. Franklin, Sr., FBI Special Agent in Charge James Jewell, and Montgomery Police Chief Ernest Finley.  Following her 11-year prison sentence, Mathis will be on supervised…

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…

Governor’s Study Group on Criminal Justice Policy Meets for 2nd Time

Sentencing was the topic of the Governor’s Study Group on Criminal Justice Policy meeting Thursday. Lawmakers were presented with pages and pages of data outlining Alabama’s booming prison population and complex sentencing guidelines. “There is no easy , simple, or free fix, and as hard as that is to swallow it’s just the truth,” said Bennet Wright, Executive Director of…

Montgomery Man Faces Life in Prison for Murder He Committed at 16

Rodriguez Reed has been found guilty of the murder of Ladarion Thompson, District Attorney Daryl Bailey announced today. In the early morning hours of December 21, 2014, Reed got into an argument with Thompson at the Citgo Station on Day Street. Reed produced a handgun and chased Thompson around the parking lot, firing multiple shots at him. Reed shot Thompson…

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…

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…