Prisons

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…

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…

Bentley Proposes Mix of Budget Cuts, Education Funding Shift

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley is proposing a mix of budget cuts and a shift of education funds to address a shortfall in the state’s general fund. Acting Finance Director Bill Newton on Wednesday briefed reporters on the governor’s budget plan. The governor is seeking to shift $181 million in use tax funds from the education budget to the general fund….