U.S. Department of Justice

Judge: Prison Staffing Levels will be Issue on DOJ Lawsuit

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A federal judge ruled that prison staffing levels will remain an issue in the Department of Justice’s lawsuit against Alabama’s corrections system. The U.S. Department of Justice last year sued Alabama saying male inmates live in unsafe prisons with excessive levels of violence. U.S. District Judge David Proctor on Friday refused Alabama’s request to dismiss staffing…

2 Inmates Killed Within a Week in State Prisons

 (AP Photo/Kim Chandler, File) BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Two inmates were killed within a week in reported assaults in Alabama prisons. The Alabama Department of Corrections said Kenneth Gilchrist died after an apparent inmate-on-inmate assault at Donaldson Correctional Facility. The prison system said Travis Hutchins died Thursday from injuries sustained during an inmate-on-inmate assault at Bibb Correctional Facility. Kristi Simpson,…

Alabama Doctor, Husband Sentenced for Opioid Distribution

HOOVER, Ala. (AP) – An Alabama doctor and her husband, who managed her practice, will serve federal prison sentences for providing opioids to people without a legitimate medical purpose. The U.S. Department of Justice said Wednesday that Dr. Elizabeth Korcz was given a 52-month sentence and her husband Matthew Korcz was given 30 months. The couple pleaded guilty in December…

Tuberville Names Boyd as Chief of Staff

(AP Photo/Butch Dill, File) MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Senator-elect Tommy Tuberville has appointed Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd as his chief of staff. Boyd is currently the assistant attorney general for the Office of Legislative Affairs at the U.S. Department of Justice. The post is responsible for managing the Justice Department’s relationship with Congress. He was nominated to the position…

Two Law Enforcement Officers Indicted in Dallas County

Two law enforcement officers in Dallas County have been indicted on several charges. Dallas County District Attorney Michael Jackson said the Grand Jury of Dallas County indicted former Selma Police Department Detective Matthew Blaine Till and Dallas County Sheriff’s Deputy John Nicholas Taccone. Till and Taccone are facing a felony charge of assault in the second degree, and two Class…

Alabama U.S. Attorneys Warn Citizens of Misleading Information Regarding Face Masks Exemptions

The three United States Attorneys in Alabama join together to warn citizens that cards and other documents bearing the Department of Justice seal and claiming that individuals are exempt from face mask requirements are fraudulent. Inaccurate flyers or other postings have been circulating on the web and via social media channels regarding the use of face masks and the Americans…

Federal Government Stepping In to Help Selma Fight Crime and Gangs

The U.S. Justice Department is stepping in to help fight violent crime and gangs in Selma. The U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Alabama, Richard W. Moore, will be in Selma tomorrow to announce a $1 million emergency  grant from the U.S. Dept. of Justice to help local law enforcement. Local law enforcement and city leaders will be present…

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…