Prisons

Gov. Ivey Calls Special Session for Prisons

Governor Kay Ivey has announced the date for the Alabama legislature’s special session to address prisons. In a letter sent to legislators on Friday, Governor Ivey says the special session will begin on Monday, September 27. Lawmakers will have the task of addressing prison infrastructure, as well as examining proposals to build three new prisons. Alabama’s prison issues are well…

3 Inmates Killed in 1 Week as Feds Sue Alabama Over Prisons

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Three men have been killed in apparent inmate-on-inmate assaults in Alabama prisons this month. The prison system says the killings happened from May 4 through May 8 at Fountain, Limestone and Bullock prisons. One man, 23-year-old Ian Rettig, died the day before he was set to be released. No one has been charged in the deaths,…

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….