Prisoners

Lawmakers Approve Change to Jail Food Funds

Alabama lawmakers have voted to end a practice that allowed some sheriffs to pocket leftover jail food funds. The Alabama Senate gave final approval Thursday to a bill that changes the flow of jail food funds. The bill now goes to Gov. Kay Ivey. An old state law allowed sheriffs to retain any leftover jail food funds. The practice led…

ADOC Settles Claims Involving Disabled Inmates

Alabama has agreed to change how inmates with disabilities are treated and housed to settle part of a broader lawsuit over prison medical care. The proposed agreement was filed Tuesday in federal court in Montgomery. The state agreed to make sure there are cells and other housing compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, and to make sure inmates can…

Birmingham Mayor Issues ‘Ban the Box’ Order For City Jobs

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) – Birmingham Mayor William Bell has issued an executive order to protect applicants for city jobs from automatic disqualification over their criminal records. Bell was flanked by officials from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the U.S. Department of Labor and others when he announced the order on Thursday. In his order, Bell said providing jobs for people with…