Prisons

Ivey Q&A: Governor discusses gambling, prisons and COVID

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey says she will not negotiate a compact with a federal Native American tribe unless voters approve expanded gambling. Ivey sat down with reporters Wednesday and said that state voters should have the final say over whether to expand casino offerings or create a state lottery. The Republican governor also defended her decision…

Gov. Ivey Leases CoreCivic Prisons in $3 Billion Plan

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Gov. Kay Ivey has committed the state of Alabama to lease two major prisons from one of the nation’s biggest private prison operators. The signed agreements with CoreCivic are for two prisons that haven’t been built yet. President Joe Biden has ordered the federal system to eliminate private prisons, but these terms are different: CoreCivic will…

Justice Department Files Lawsuit Against State Over Prisons

The United States Justice Department has filed a lawsuit against the State of Alabama and the Alabama Department of Corrections in federal court today. The complaint alleges that the conditions at Alabama’s prisons for men violate the Constitution because the state has failed to provide adequate protection from prisoner-on-prison violence and sexual abuse, fails to provide safe and sanitary conditions,…

State prison system seeks money to hire more officers

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Alabama’s prison system on Thursday asked lawmakers for a $42 million funding increase as the state tries to comply with a federal court order to add 2,200 officers by 2022. Corrections Commissioner Jeff Dunn told lawmakers that the state continues to struggle with unacceptably high violence because of the combination of overcrowding, under staffing and contraband….

ADOC Adds Seventy New Corrections Officers

From the West Alabama Newsroom– The effort to improve conditions in state prisons continues — as the Alabama Department of Corrections adds dozens of new officers into the system. Trevonterrious Randall of Birmingham is one of seventy new corrections officers that have graduated into the ranks of the DOC. Families and friends looked on as the new officers received their…

Fed’s Report Condemning Alabama Prisons: State Vows Action

After the U.S. Department of Justice condemned Alabama prisons for excessive violence and inmate deaths, state officials say they are turning to the enormous task of addressing the problems. The Department of Justice reports the state must take immediate, long-term steps to address understaffing, violence and other problems – or face a federal lawsuit. Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey responds that…

U.S. Justice Department: Alabama Prisons Violate U.S. Constitution—Reaction Added

Alabama's actions are "A failure to respect the rule of law".

“The United States Constitution bans ‘cruel and unusual punishments’ but the conditions found in our investigation of Alabama prisons provide reasonable cause to believe there is a flagrant disregard of that injunction,” said U.S. Attorney Richard Moore. “The failure to respect the rule of law by providing humane treatment for inmates”   All three U.S. Attorneys in Alabama have agreed…

Federal Grant to Add Security steps in Alabama Prisons

Alabama prisons are getting some extra money to spend on improving security. The department plans to use a more than $64,000 federal grant announced Wednesday by Gov. Kay Ivey’s office to buy new equipment and conduct additional training. Some of the money will go toward protective gear that correctional officers can use when handling dangerous narcotics. Grant funds also will…

Familiar Questions Arise Over Alabama Prison Construction Plan

Alabama’s overcrowded prisons are once again front and center at the State House. The governor’s plan to build four new prisons and demolish the aging facilities came up in a senate committee and lots of people for and against the plan were in attendance. It’s basically the same plan with the same name, the Prison Transformation Act. Lawmakers couldn’t work…

Lawmakers React To Prisons, Grocery Tax In State Of The State Address

In his state of the state address, the Governor Robert Bentley said he wants to get rid of the state food tax. That’s been something that democrats have pushed for years. But Governor Bentley said the first step is to create a task force to look into exactly what that would do. Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh was caught…