Alabama News Articles
A Travel advisory is in effect until further notice: Alabama is a dangerous place to visit. Your life and freedom are at stake if you enter the boundaries of the State of Alabama. You will be arrested and imprisoned for nothing at all. Once in prison you will not be able to get out no matter how innocent you are. You are advised to stay away from the State of Alabama if you value your freedom. Please feel free to pass this message to all of your groups and friends in the USA and overseas. The public needs to know.
ALTERNATIVES TO INCARCERATION CAN SAVE $MILLIONS - August 7, 2006 - Why pay room and board to put someone like Martha Stewart or a pot smoker or a car thief behind bars when modern electronic tracking devices can easily keep tabs on these nonviolent criminals at a fraction of the cost?
NEW PRISON COMMISSIONER - IS LACK OF EXPERIENCE A PRO OR CON FOR PRISON CHIEF? - February 21, 2006 - Richard Allen doesn't have the behind-the-barbed-wire experience that has traditionally defined Alabama's prison commissioners -- but some say that's probably a good thing.
EMBATTLED PRISONS GET TWO OVERSEERS - February 18, 2006 - Gov. Bob Riley on Wednesday tapped a pair of Montgomery lawyers with no prison experience to lead the Department of Corrections, a sign that change is afoot for Alabama's embattled prison system. Richard F. Allen, who was chief deputy attorney general under three Alabama attorneys general, took over immediately as corrections commissioner, spending the afternoon in a brainstorming session with departing prisons chief Donal Campbell.
NEW PRISON COMMISSION RICHARD ALLEN - February 15, 2006 - A week after Department of Corrections Commissioner Donal Campbell announced his resignation, Gov. Bob Riley has named Richard Allen to run Alabama's prisons.
COMMISSIONER DONAL CAMPBELL RESIGNS - February 10, 2006 - Donal Campbell, commissioner of the Alabama Department of Corrections resigned today, with the Department of Corrections having no comment on the departure of its leader.
LAWMAKERS PUSH BILL RESTORING VOTING RIGHTS TO EX-FELONS - February 9, 2006 - Several black lawmakers expressed their support Thursday for a bill that would automatically restore voting rights to convicted felons upon their release from prison. State Sen. Bobby Singleton, D-Greensboro, who is sponsoring the bill, said the current system, which requires felons to apply for a voting certificate, has created long delays in restoring voting rights and disenfranchises inmates who have already "paid their debt to society."
Circumstantial Evidence -The Movie - December 30, 2005 - McMillian, known as "Johnny D," was convicted of capital murder. The jury recommended life in prison without parole, but the judge ignored it and sentenced him to death. A young Montgomery lawyer, Bryan Stevenson, went to work trying to free McMillian. Stevenson, director of the Equal Justice Initiative, was convinced of his innocence. Tommy Chapman, the new district attorney who assumed office in the circuit where McMillian was convicted, reached the same conclusion.
LAWMAKERS MUST HAVE COURAGE TO FIX INJUSTICE SYSTEM- HABITUAL OFFENDER LAW - December 18, 2005 - Birmingham News - My son has battled drug addiction for years. Twenty years ago, at the age of 18, he was involved in his first infraction with the law. He was with two others when one of them decided to rob a store. He was the only one prosecuted, was sentenced as an adult, paid restitution and served time. Strike one. I prosecuted my own child in 1993 when he took my camcorder. Strike two. In 1996, he went crazy on drugs and stole again - from unoccupied dwellings. Strike three. Life without parole.
BIRMINGHAM NEWSPAPER TAKES A STAND ON DEATH PENALTY IN ALABAMA - November 10, 2005 - In an unprecedented move, the researchers and staff of the Birminghame News have taken a stand against Death Penalty in Alabama. Here is their latest series of articles on the topic.
STATE'S JUSTICE SYSTEM DOES NOT DESERVE TO KILL - November 6, 2005 - Article by Bryan Stevenson, executive director of the Equal Justice Institute. What most defines capital punishment in Alabama is error. Reviewing courts have concluded that nearly 150 Alabama capital murder convictions and death sentences have been illegally and unconstitutionally imposed. Reversals outnumber executions almost five to one. While some states have seriously examined their death penalty systems and pursued reforms, Alabama leaders have recklessly called only for speeding up the execution process.
STATE: FEW PRISONERS ELIGIBLE FOR PAROLE - May 24, 2005 - Months after an independent consultant suggested Alabama's prisons have thousands of low-risk inmates who are eligible for parole, the state's Sentencing Commission has released a study concluding the actual number is close to zero. James Austin, of the Washington-based JFA Institute, presented his findings to Gov. Bob Riley's Cabinet in January. Looking at data from the Department of Corrections in October, he found 11,785 prisoners had passed their initial parole eligibility dates.
MISTREATING STATE PRISONERS - April 25, 2005 - Write to The Anniston Star, P.O. Box 189, Anniston, AL 36202. Please limit letters to 200 words. People are dying as a result of Alabama's health care provider being lax. PHS (Public Health Services) is in breech of their contract with the State of Alabama. This is not only a waste of taxpayer money, but a violation of a legal and binding contract agreement. Prisoners should not be denied proper medical treatment because it is cruelly inhumane and a violation of the human rights.
UNDER THE MICROSCOPE - Forensics in laboratories is not always what is appears to be. Cases in point - first the forensic lab in Alabama and next the forensic lab in Virginia with botched cases that led to wrongful convictions. The inmate in Virginia has been exonerated. The inmate in Alabama is still battling in the court.
Prison task force opens inquiry; seeks solutions to overcrowding - May 11, 2005 - A group of political leaders, businessmen, lawyers and advocates opened a yearlong inquiry Tuesday into Alabama's chronically overcrowded prison system, with hopes of recommending solutions to Gov. Bob Riley. It's uncertain how the effort will differ from a myriad of past studies and recommendations that have exhaustively detailed the state's corrections shortfalls. It also remains unclear whether state lawmakers can find the funding many experts agree is necessary to dramatically improve the situation. "Everything -- it makes a full circle -- comes back to money," said Randall Hillman, executive director of the Alabama District Attorneys Association and a task force member. "It's going to take more money than we are willing to spend to make the system work."
TO FREE OR NOT TO FREE - May 11, 2005 - A newly appointed prison task force was told Tuesday at its first meeting that there are nearly 2,000 nonviolent inmates who may be eligible for parole, similar to others released early to ease overcrowding. But state parole board officials raised questions about the number, which the Alabama Sentencing Commission compiled from the Department of Corrections, Administrative Office of Courts and Criminal Justice Information Center.
CANARY IN A COAL MINE - March 17, 2005 - Apparently Donal Campbell, Commissioner of Prisons in Alabama, only knows how to shoot the messenger.
What kind of management is this, especially when lives and health of citizens are at stake? Perhaps Commissioner Campbell wants to see a "lawsuit, riot, death or serious injury for anyone to take this crisis seriously," or has chosen to remain blinded to truth? God knows some of the correctional guards at Donaldson Prison try to provoke unrest every chance they get. But for years, Campbell has ignored us. Now he is ignoring one of his wardens. For your edification, I've enclosed excerpts from the Warden's memo as well as an article on the overloaded sewer system (due to overcrowding) to which Warden Bullard refers. Does any of this matter to the Commissioner? Shooting the messenger is not the answer.
WARDEN'S MEMO PUTS HIM ON LEAVE - March 12, 2005 - Days before being placed on mandatory leave, Donaldson Correctional Facility Warden Stephen Bullard sent out a memo warning of "catastrophic circumstances" at the prison. "I am concerned that it is going to take a lawsuit, riot, death or serious injury for anyone to take this crisis seriously," Bullard wrote in the March 1 memo to Alabama Department of Corrections Commissioner Donal Campbell.
THE OFFENSE IS BEING TOO POOR - March 11, 2005 - The cycle is easy enough to envision: A poor person gets arrested on a misdemeanor, then gets fined and placed on probation. Because he's unable to pay, he's picked up for a probation violation and ends up in jail for months or even a year. Witness the case of Isaac Jarrett, highlighted by staff writer Carla Crowder in The News Thursday. Jarrett is locked up until May 19, 2006, for misdemeanor traffic violations and a trespassing case. He will serve 536 days.
DEATH BEHIND BARS - March 10, 2005 - The United States has about 2.1 million people behind bars - a larger proportion of its population than any other nation in the world. The correctional system's price tag is more than $60 billion - up from just $9 billion two decades ago - and states are understandably eager to
shave costs. Some are attempting to do it by cutting back on already dismal prison medical care.
ANOTHER BEATING AT DONALDSON PRISON - February 26, 2005 - See handwritten letter by Rose Dunlap on behalf of Willie Elbe Scott who was beaten very badly at Donaldson Correctonal Facility.
BEVERLY BRABHAM WINS HER CASE!!! - February 23, 2005 - A woman declaring herself the victim of small-town injustice won a lawsuit against an Adamsville police officer she said assaulted her. A Jefferson County jury awarded Beverly Brabham $500 of $75,000 sought for damages, pain and suffering in connection with a [false] 2002 DUI arrest. Beverly is a PATRICK CRUSADE member of long standing. For details about Beverly's case please visit http://www.patrickcrusade.org/cases__women.htm We are thrilled that she finally won here case!!!
IT'S TIME FOR PRISON TO CLEAN UP ITS ACT - February 6, 2005 - Donaldson prison in Bessemer, Alabama, has been violating its sewage discharge limits for years, to the detriment of the Black Warrior River, its tributaries and the people who live near them. Is this okay with you the citizen in the free world?
PRISONER ABUSE AT DONALDSON PRISON - by Patrick Swiney - January 22, 2005 - On behalf of humanity, I come to you with a plea for help. You are all aware of the prisoner abuse in Iraq by the U.S. Military. The entire world was outraged. Most all of you are also aware of the massive prisoner abuses in U.S. prisons. The major difference: the abuses here in the U.S. are far, far greater (even murder) as compared to what the world witnessed in Iraq. I ask all the world, WHERE IS THE OUTRAGE?
PRISONER DIES AFTER BEING RESTRAINED - January 25, 2005 Charles Agee, 47, suffered fatal injuries Friday when he was sprayed with a chemical agent, then subdued in the prison's medical clinic. His death "is directly related to the restraint," said Jefferson County Coroner Jay Glass. His office is performing an autopsy on Agee, and the full results should be available in about a week.
INMATE'S DEATH SUBJECT TO PRISON PROBE - January 24, 2005 - State prison officials have launched an investigation into the death of an inmate, authorities said Monday. Corrections Department spokesman Brian Corbett said in a statement that Charles Agee, 47, died Friday after he was subdued in the medical clinic at the Donaldson Correctional Facility in Jefferson County. No other details were provided.
The Forgotten" and the Abolition of the Death Penalty in the Heart of America By Britta Slopianka Dec 21, 2004, 07:44 - During the last 4 years I have corresponded with people condemned on America's Death Rows and have traveled from Germany to visit with some of them. Through this correspondence and travels I have learned a great deal about these folks and about myself. I have come to know some and have seen some put to death. One of my first pen-pals was one of the 117 inmates who had been released. In a letter, he offered that if I ever had any questions about the death penalty I could ask, Esther Brown, Executive Secretary/Treasurer of the Project Hope to Abolish the Death Penalty (www.phap.org)
ROVE IN ALABAMA - October 5, 2004 - Alabamians are a people who cling so tightly to a high moral standard and brag so frequently of possessing upright character. People reading October's Atlantic Monthly have reason to believe otherwise.
How Denying the Vote to Ex-Offenders Undermines Democracy - September 21, 2004 - Pundits blame apathy for the decline in voter turnout that has become a fact of life in the United States in the last several decades. But not everyone who skips the polls on Election Day does so by choice. This November, for example, an estimated five million people will be barred from voting by state laws that strip convicted felons of the franchise, often temporarily but sometimes for life.
DNA testing needs a federal boost - Septemer 21, 2004 - "This bill would take $100 million in federal taxpayer funds and give it to anti-death penalty groups for the defense of murderers and terrorists," Senator Sessions said.
Families set to boycott prison phone costs - August 31, 2004 - For in-state, long distance calls, the prisons charge a $2.25 surcharge, plus 20 cents a minute - $5.25 for a 15-minute call. For out-of-state calls, the surcharge is $3.80, plus 69 cents a minute - nearly $20 for a 15-minute call. Local calls cost $2.85 for a 15-minute call.
Captive labor keeps prisons in business - August 22, 2004 - State reliance on inmates for money undercuts care, threatens public safety, critics charge
RESPONSE TO LETHAL INJECTION ARTICLE - August 2, 2004 - I am sure we will hear from anyone in this group who has a medical background who can answer one of the questions posed by the author of the letter below. Excellent letter and I hope it moves a lot of people to tell the state stop the killing in our name.
Death Row inmate is prevented from aiding another Row inmate - July 16, 2004 - Willie Dorrell Minor and James Barney Hubbard have little in common, except that both reside on Alabama's Death Row. ...last month, Minor, who is 31 and black, tried to help Hubbard. He wrote a clemency petition, in hopes of having other prisoners sign the request for mercy. He planned to forward it to Gov. Bob Riley. Authorities at Donaldson Prison intercepted copies in the mail, saying the small stack was a security violation. Minor's efforts to help have stalled there.
Alabama Senate Judiciary Committee passes halt to executions - April 15, 2004 - The Alabama Senate Judiciary Committee voted 7-1 yesterday to suspend executions for three years while the state's death penalty is examined for fairness and accuracy.
ALABAMA LEGISLATION FAILS TO REFORM MARIJUANA LAWS - March 30, 2004 - It's hard to think of a more wasteful way to spend tax dollars than locking up marijuana users. But, in the midst of a budget crisis, this is exactly what Alabama is doing.
MALE INMATES RETURN TO ALABAMA - February 6, 2004 - In June of 2003, Alabama's prison population reached an all-time high of more than 28,400 inmates, prompting Governor Bob Riley to sign an emergency contract with Corrections Corporation of America to provide immediate, alternative housing.
Ex-guard pleads guilty in drug sales - September 4, 2003 - St. Clair Prison - A former prison guard accused of punching convicted church bomber Thomas Blanton has pleaded guilty to a charge stemming from selling drugs in prison.
Layman helps inmates find peace - August 24, 2003 - Just before Tommy Fortenberry took his last breath, he held up one hand and flashed a sign of love to a Marengo County man who has been helping killers prepare to meet their maker.
MEDICAL ABUSE, COMPLAINTS IGNORED - August 23, 2003 - Weaver "became gravely ill while he was at the Metro Jail where he languished for some time and complained of his condition," said Mobile lawyer Andrew Jones. "His complaints were apparently ignored until it was too late. Following surgery, he never recovered and passed away."
FELONS HURT BY VOTE VETO - July 11, 2003 - The Rev. Jesse Jackson, leader of the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition, has joined other civil rights activists in opposing Gov. Bob Riley's veto of a bill that would restore voting rights to convicted felons once they've paid their debt to society....With commentary by Sherry Swiney
ALABAMA PRISONS IN CRITICAL CONDITION - August 12, 2003 - Read this article and give them your feedback on the link provided for that purpose.
After lawsuit, fans help relieve heat on Alabama's death row - Inmates on Alabama's death row at Holman Prison now have a small fan in each cell, after a lawsuit accused prison officials of risking inmates' lives during oppressive summer heat.
ALABAMA FIRST STATE TO CREATE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY - June 16, 2003 - See this and weep: <<The final day of the session was a whirlwind, with the House and Senate approving legislation to make Alabama the first state to create a Department of Homeland Security.>>
LOCAL JUDGE SUPPORTS RESTORING OFFENDER RIGHTS - June 14, 2003 - House Bill 104, which I support, would restore the right to offenders only after they have served their entire sentence and would not restore the right to vote to people convicted of violent crimes, including rape, murder and sexual abuse of children.
PRISON PANEL'S ADVICE MAY DIE - June 14, 2003 - The Alabama Legislature waited three years for an expert panel's advice on how to fix the criminal justice system, which is staggered by an all-time high prison population and spiraling costs. Now, with one day left in the annual legislative session, lawmakers may let that advice go unheeded.
ALABAMA PRISON SYSTEM - May 13, 2003 by Margi Crook - Thank you for the opportunity to state an opinion on this subject. Incidentally, I do not have a family member in prison. I just hate injustice.
ALABAMA'S PRISON OVERCROWDING COULD BE GREATLY REDUCED - May 12, 2003 by Aimee Sheffield - Alabama's prison overcrowding could be greatly reduced if the powers that be, including your newspaper, would exhibit courage & consider facts that can be verified.
THE FISCAL DISTRESS CAUSED BY CAPITAL PUNISHMENT - May 11, 2003 - Article by Jeff Rieber, vice-chairman of Project Hope to Abolish the Death Penalty - This article is about the fiscal distress caused by the death penalty in Alabama, but undoubtedly applies other states to various degrees.
HOW WOULD YOU FIX THE PRISON PROBLEM? - May 9, 2003 Donal Campbell, DOC Commissioner is correct when he says that the prison system is broken. He is not correct when he says it will take years to fix the problem even if the DOC received 146 million dollar funding in the 2004 budget. How can I say that?
LETTER TO GOVERNOR RILEY - May 9, 2003 - I know you are for the death penalty, as a lot of citizens are. Here is the 108th case of a person spending decades on death row when he didn't commit the crime.
ALABAMA THE BEAUTIFUL - AGAIN AND STILL - May 9, 2003 - Alabama's injustice system is the laughing stock of the nation and the world... I wonder when common sense is ever going to set in.
MEDELL BANKS CASE THROWN OUT - May 9, 2003 - Medell Banks Jrs.' Conviction for Killing A Non-Existent Child Is Thrown Out As A "Manifest Injustice"
COMMISSIONER SAYS PRISON SYSTEM IS BROKEN - May 5, 2003 - Alabama Corrections Commissioner Donal Campbell told legislators Tuesday the state's prison system is so broken it will take years to fix it, even if he gets the $146 million in new funding he says the system needs next year.
ALABAMA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS ENDS NAPHCARE CONTRACT - May 3, 2003 - Patrick Crusade members and its division, Family Members of Inmates, were instrumental in bringing Alabama's contract with NaphCare to an end. The contract, as written, was unenforceable by the State (compliments of former Alabama Governor, Don Siegleman). What we need to know now is: Where has the $26 Million gone? - Next, we will work on the prison telephone contract so stay tuned.
SMARTER SENTENCING - April 29, 2003 - To understand why Alabama's prisons are in crisis, you really need to know only two things: One, Alabama has one of the highest incarceration rates in the nation; that is, we send more people to prison per capita than nearly every other state. And two, we spend less on prisons than every state; less than half the national average per inmate, in fact.
INMATE KILLED ON INTERSTATE - April 25, 2003 - An inmate was killed and three were injured when a car veered off Interstate 65 on Thursday. A car strikes a work detail, killing one inmate and injuring three others. A state inmate was killed and three others were injured late Thursday morning when a car struck a state Department of Corrections road crew on Interstate 65 just north of North Boulevard in Montgomery. The death marks the second time in a month a state inmate has been killed while working on a road crew.
TWO WOMEN URGE RELATIVES OF INMATES TO FLEX POLITICAL MUSCLE - April 25, 2003 - Sherry Swiney and Roberta Franklin are inviting people whose commonality brings them no pride. They are relatives of convicts in Alabama prisons. Swiney and Franklin, prison advocates, think it's time the spouses, parents, children and friends of prisoners united to flex their political muscle.
STATE CAN'T FORGET FAMILIES OF PRISONERS SENT OUT OF STATE - April 24, 2003 - The dislocation families experience when a wife or husband, mother of father is sent to prison is unavoidable. And the blame falls squarely on the shoulders of the family member who committed the crime that landed him or her in prison.
RANDOM JUSTICE - April 24, 2003 - Death Row inmate found not guilty in third trial. Wesley Quick spent six years on Death Row for two murders a jury now says he didn't commit. The victims' families are understandably heartbroken.
PRIVATE PRISON BEARS VERY CLOSE WATCHING - April 19, 2003 - The Advertiser has long expressed reservations about private prisons, and our concerns are not eased by some troubling incidents in the history of the Louisiana company which operates the prison now housing some Alabama inmates. Idaho once sent some inmates there, but that state pulled them out after some serious problems were detected at the facility. There was a riot and escape in 1997 -- one inmate is still at large -- and there were concerns about management because the warden was only there two days a week. A top company executive was indicted by a federal grand jury in 1999 on civil rights charges. His trial ended in a hung jury.
EX-TUTWILER GUARD INDICTED - April 18, 2003 - A former guard at Julia Tutwiler Prison for Women has been indicted on charges he allegedly forced a female inmate to perform a sex act. David L. Sims, 38, of 4601 Coventry Road in Montgomery, was picked up Wednesday night by Montgomery authorities, said Elmore County Sheriff Bill Franklin. Sims was indicted on one count of sodomy by the recently completed Elmore County grand jury. PC Note: Originally, Tutwiler's warden told the mother of the victim that the guard would be allowed to resign and that would be the end of it, explaining to the mother that the victim had not been hurt. When does getting raped mean you have not been hurt? The mother wouldn't let go of the tiger's tail and we applaud her for her tenacity in seeing that justice will be done.
NaphCare and Alabama Sued for Grossly Inadequate System of Providing Medical Care for Women Prisoners - April 16, 2003 - A lawsuit has been filed against the Alabama Department of Corrections (DOC) and NaphCare, Inc., and MHM Correctional Services, Inc., the private for-profit companies that Alabama pays to provide medical and mental health treatment to prisoners with serious health problems. Attorneys from the Southern Center for Human Rights (SCHR) filed an amended complaint against the DOC and NaphCare for failing to provide constitutionally required medical care for women prisoners in Alabama.
Former Ala. Corrections Chief Named Warden of Mobile Jail - April 12, 2003 - The state's former corrections chief has been named the new warden of Mobile County Metro Jail, filling a position that has been vacant for about 16 months.
Read the TRUTH about BILL PRYOR: - April 12, 2003
I think we all need to start writing to Governor Riley, suggesting that Wilson Myers get the appointment - IF Pryor goes to the 11th Circuit. It's not too soon to do this.... Sherry
GET THE TRUTH FROM SOMEONE WHO WAS GIVEN A DEAF BY PRYOR AND HIS (HA!) INTEGRITY - April 12, 2003
Special parole dockets resume - 04/11/03 - Hundreds of nonviolent inmates in Alabama's crowded prisons can start packing to go home as a result of special parole dockets the state Board of Pardons and Paroles resumed this week.
State gains 62 prison officers amid shortage - April 04, 2003 - SELMA Prison Commissioner Donal Campbell spells relief "c-a-d-e-t-s."
Inmate transfers possible - April 02, 2003 - Officials from Corrections Corporation of America met with Gov. Bob Riley on Tuesday. Gov. Bob Riley needs to have an audiance with Alabama families for equal time.
INMATE TRANSFERS ON HOLD - March 30, 2003 - Officials are waiting on a judge's opinion before making trasfers from Tutwiler Women's prison.
Undermanned guards worry - March 30, 2003 - Corrections Officer Perry Woods is often outnumbered 386 to 1 as he attempts to guard convicted felons jammed into warehouse-like quarters at Kilby Correctional Institute.
Promise of landmark case remains unrealized - March 23, 2003 - Forty years ago last week, on March 18, 1963, the U.S. Supreme Court decided the landmark case of Gideon v. Wainwright and announced a principle we all take for granted: that everyone who is accused of a crime is entitled to be represented by a lawyer, even if the accused is too poor to hire one.
NO CHARGES FILED IN ST. CLAIR INMATE'S DEATH - March 21, 2003 - State prisoner Earl Moore, 52, was attacked by another inmate around noon last Thursday in the prison's vehicle restoration shop, according to Department of Corrections spokesman Brian Corbett.
JUVENILE BILL - March 19, 2003 - Senator Sanders introduced the juvenile bill yesterday No, SB324 and SB325. to raise the age of execution to 18 years, thus abolishing the execution of juveniles. I would be very grateful of any support, in contacting members of the judiciary committee urging them to pass these bills. Or any other form of support you feel will assist in this matter.
HOUSING PRISONERS IN MODERN DAY SLAVE SHIPS - March 13, 2003 In January 2003, officials at William Donaldson prison began the process of adding another bed in the two-men cells. This triple-celling is reminiscent of crowding slaves spoon-fashion into the holds of nefarious slave ships and into the debilitating squalor of the slave quarters on Southern plantations. The cells at Donaldson Prison were originally designed for one-man occupancy. The original designed capacity was for 500 prisoners
2 PRISONS WILL CLOSE IF RILEY'S BUDGET CUTS STAND - March 13, 2003 - Prison Commissioner Donal Campbell and Bill Segrest, executive director of the state Board of Pardons and Paroles, said they cannot believe the cuts outlined in Riley's plan will occur because of the extreme risk they would present to public safety.
OFFICIALS FORSEE LAYOFFS - March 13, 2003 - Cuts of almost 19 percent recommended in Gov. Bob Riley's initial budget would cripple the Department of Corrections and Board of Pardons and Paroles and result in layoffs, members of a legislative budget committee were told Wednesday. "It is a domino effect," said Rep. Nelson Starkey, D-Florence. "If we don't treat you right, corrections is in trouble."
PRISON GUARDS REITERATE NEED FOR MORE STATE FUNDING - March 13, 2003 - Members of a prison guard's association gathered Wednesday outside the Alabama Statehouse, hoping to attract the attention of lawmakers inside who will decide how to address prison overcrowding and guard shortages. "But I'm going to stand here today and tell you that if things don't improve, nobody here thinks that we'll get through this next year without a prison riot."
RILEY SEES PRISON PROBLEMS FIRSTHAND - March 12, 2003 - Gov. Bob Riley spent Friday afternoon in prison, getting a firsthand look at one of the biggest financial problems facing his new administration. "I wanted to see it, feel it and taste it," Riley said. And he did. (If you believe the guys get scalloped potatoes every day, don't kid yourself. Let the governor make an unannounced tour sometime...)
Ala. Senate May Put Emergency Prison Request on Fast Track - March 11, 2003 - Legislation to ease the overcrowding crisis at Alabama's prison for women appears to be on the fast track as lawmakers return Tuesday, the first day of the 2003 regular session in which either house of the Legislature can pass bills. Sen. Hinton Mitchem, D-Albertville, said he has asked that a bill to give the Alabama Department of Corrections a $3.6 million emergency appropriation be placed on the Senate's work agenda for Tuesday.
PRISON RAPE DOESN'T EXIST IN ALABAMA - March 10, 2003 - ...the agency does not release reports to show how many of those assaults involve rape - which the FBI classifies as a different crime - or whether the cases include other types of sexual assault. Corrections spokesman Brian Corbett said the system, strapped for cash and overcrowded with inmates, typically has no need for such information.
RILEY WON'T STOP EXECUTION AND WARDEN IS FINE WITH THAT - March 9, 2003 - Of course Warden Culliver is "all right with it." He's the only one in the state who said he was able to pull the switch without any problems, when Warden Charlie Jones retired. Governor Riley has always been pro death penalty, so now we need to get him to change his mind - just like Govenor Ryan in Illinois changed his mind from pro DP to anti DP.
SENATE PANEL PASSES PRISON FUNDING PLAN - March 6, 2003 - Now goes to full Senate; could give $3.675 million to help Tutwiler.
RISE IN ALABAMA PRISON POPULATION HASN'T SLOWED - March 6, 2003 - A surge in Alabama's prison population -- from just 5,547 inmates in 1977 to 28,316 at the start of this year -- has fueled the budget crisis at the Department of Corrections, now under a court order to reduce overcrowding but lacking money to build new lockups.
STATE DISPUTES ORDER TO USE LAND SALE TO EASE JAILS - March 6, 2003 - The Alabama prison system cannot spend $2.4 million from an Atmore land sale to find space for state convicts backlogged in county jails unless the state Legislature approves it, state lawyers told a Montgomery judge Wednesday. Lawyers for Gov. Bob Riley and Attorney General Bill Pryor told Montgomery County Circuit Judge William Shashy in a memo that his court also lacks authority to direct the spending of state funds for prisons. The Alabama Constitution, they said, "reserves the power to appropriate state funds exclusively to the Legislature."
EYE-FOR-EYE JUSTICE IS BLINDING - March 3, 2003 - The story might have escaped your notice. But it shouldn't have. Five Christian ministers and
one rabbi called for Alabama leaders to reconsider executing juveniles kids deemed too irresponsible to buy cigarettes or vote, but responsible enough to face the death penalty. I could almost hear some of our leaders scoff. If you're old enough to kill, shouldn't you be old enough to be put to death?
SWOLLEN PRISONS CREATE CRISIS - March 3, 2003 - The E Block of Kilby Correctional Facility in Montgomery is filled to capacity with inmates. Kilby receives 60 - 70 inmates a day. Opinions differ on ways to correct Alabama's prison overcrowding crisis, but ordinary citizens and lawmakers alike agree that something needs to be done. The prison problems will be one of several issues addressed in Gov. Bob Riley's State of the State speech Tuesday night, said David Azbell, Riley's press secretary.
RESTORATIVE JUSTICE - February 28, 2003 - When the victim of a crime comes face to face with the person who committed it, almost anything can happen. Often, the results are beneficial for both parties, said Howard Zehr, one of the pioneers of the "restorative justice" movement that has grown around the world during the last 25 years.
STATE PRISON HIV CARE 'INHUMANE' - February 28, 2003 - A paralegal for the Southern Center for Human Rights said conditions for dispensing medication to HIV-positive inmates at Limestone Correctional Facility are inhumane and deplorable. Armed with an order from a federal judge, Lisa Zahren and a photographer were allowed this morning to film how prison officials hand out medication to HIV inmates.
RILEY LOOKS AT OLD BASES TO HOUSE PRISONERS - February 28, 2003 - Gov. Bob Riley says he's considering properties other than state mental health facilities to help ease overcrowding in the state's prison system.
PANEL URGES PHASING OUT PAROLES BY 2006 - February 28, 2003 - Officials of the Alabama Sentencing Commission outlined proposals Thursday for moving the state to a "truth-in-sentencing" system by 2006, in which parole would be abolished and convicts would serve their full prison terms.
BILL TARGETS PRISON SEX ABUSE - February 27, 2003 - A bill was prefiled in the Alabama Legislature Wednesday that would make it a crime for a corrections officer or other prison officials to have sexual relations with an inmate.
MENTAL HOSPITALS EYED TO HOUSE STATE INMATES - February 27, 2003 - Gov. Bob Riley is considering the idea of closing one or more of the state's mental hospitals and using the facilities to house female convicts, he said Wednesday. Riley said Kathy Sawyer, state commissioner of mental health and mental retardation, suggested a move to see whether bed spaces in nearly a dozen hospitals around the state can be consolidated so that one or more of them may be closed.
Inmate charged in release error - February 26, 2003 - A man mistakenly released from the Houston County Jail while awaiting trial was charged with escape as he returned after 10 days saying he had done nothing wrong and needed to spend time with his family. Now he gets 10 years added to prison time whether he is proven guilty of the grocery store robbery or not.
THE WOMEN OF TUTWILER - THEIR LAWSUIT - February 26, 2003 - Plaintiff A is currently incarcerated at Tutwiler Prison. She is 51 years old, and has been a prisoner in the Alabama Department of Corrections since 1998. Plaintiff A is approximately five feet tall and weighs around 80 pounds. She has lost approximately 20 pounds since entering prison because she has no teeth and cannot eat enough food to obtain adequate nutrition. Plaintiff A has been waiting for provided dentures at Tutwiler for three years. She has inquired about her dentures almost every month for the past year, and the only response she has received is that they are in the mail. She has filed numerous complaints about her need for teeth because of the impact on her health of not being able to chew and digest food properly. After not receiving an adequate response to her complaints, Plaintiff A filed a grievance on December 3, 2002. She has not received any response to this grievance. At 80 pounds, she is severely underweight, lighter than 98% of American women her height.
JUDGE ASKED TO DELAY ORDER ON PRISON MONEY - February 26, 2003 - State lawyers asked a judge Tuesday to delay his order to spend $2.4 million from the sale of prison land in Atmore to help find space for hundreds of state convicts backlogged in crowded county jails.
Ala. Prison Chief Says Extra Funding Needed - February 25, 2003 - Alabama prisons need an extra $29.2 million this year and four times that next year including $60 million to build a new women's prison the state's new prison chief told a legislative budget panel. Prison Commissioner Donal Campbell, who took the helm at the state Department of Corrections about three weeks ago, said increased costs over which he has no control will push the system $29.2 million in the red by the end of the fiscal year, on Sept. 30, unless extra money is approved. "We will be overspent at the end of the year," Campbell told lawmakers.
Sentencing manual on way - February 25, 2003
A state-appointed commission that has been studying Alabama's sentencing laws is laying out a four-year plan to remove widespread disparity in sentencing and put some truth into the length of a sentence. The Alabama Sentencing Commission -- a panel of lawyers, judges, prosecutors and others involved with the criminal justice system -- spent Monday working on recommendations it will make to the Legislature next month.
EXPERTS QUESTION VERDICT, BUT THE STATE IS UNMOVED - February 24, 2003 - Four bullets were the only evidence against Anthony Ray Hinton in the two murders that put him on Alabama's death row 17 years ago. No one saw him commit the crimes, and nothing else links him to them.
MORE PAROLES PART OF PROPOSAL - February 22, 2003 - Gov. Bob Riley on Friday offered a plan to reduce overcrowding at Julia Tutwiler Prison for Women by sending some inmates out of state, increasing paroles of nonviolent offenders and taking other steps. Riley submitted the plan to U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson, who ruled in December that the prison was so dangerous and overcrowded that it violated the U.S. Constitution.
TUTWILER PRISON PLAN - February 22, 2003 - IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE MIDDLE DISTRICT OF ALABAMA NORTHERN DIVISION CIVIL ACTION NO. 02-T-957-N LINDA LAUBE, et al., etc., Plaintiffs, v. DONAL CAMPBELL, etc., et al., Defendants. DEFENDANTS' SUPPLEMENTAL PROPOSED PLAN
State Senator Suggests Change to Alabama's Habitual Offender Law - February 19, 2003 - After listening to Alabama Department of Corrections Commissioner Donal Campbell describe prison overcrowding Tuesday, Sen. Tommy Ed Roberts has changed his mind about the state's sentencing policy.
Chief asks state for $330M - February 19, 2003 - Facing a deteriorating prison system and court orders to improve it, Alabama's new prison commissioner wants $330 million from the state General Fund for the budget year that will begin Oct. 1.
NO MORE FOOT-DRAGGING - February 18, 2003 - Judge orders state to spend money to ease jail crowding.
Is the Price of Justice Worth the Cost of Alabama's Death Row? - February 17, 2003 - It's the ultimate form of punishment, but some say there's no justice
in it. While the death penalty has always been controversial, it's now under scrutiny across the country.
MORE BAD NEWS: ANOTHER PRISON CITED FOR DANGEROUS HEALTH CARE - February 16, 2003 - A medical consultant that audited the care provided at state prisons has issued a damning report about "dangerous and extremely poor quality health care" at yet another state lockup Limestone Correctional Facility at Capshaw. This is a grave matter. A prison system spokesman said NaphCare had been asked to correct the deficiencies in care under the terms of its contract. With prisons' crowding and budget problems, it's not clear how much NaphCare can do to fix the problems. Prisons are in a crisis that can be resolved only by the governor and Legislature finding more money.
BEING TOUGH AND CHEAP ON CRIME JUST PLAIN STUPID - February 16, 2003 - When it comes to crime, there are two Alabamas. One is tough, with three-strike and other rigid mandatory sentencing laws that have the state at the top for locking up criminals. The other is cheap, spending less than half the national average on prisons and as little as one-third of what some of its Southern neighbors spend, while doing little to quell the rising prison rolls.
State must pay $2.4 million to relieve jails - February 15, 2003 - A judge on Friday gave the state two weeks to pay $2.4 million from the sale of prison land in Atmore to help find space for hundreds of state convicts backlogged in Alabama's crowded county jails.
Report: Limestone prison health care 'extremely poor' - February 15, 2003 - New Prison Commissioner Donal Campbell has released a medical consultant's report that found "dangerous and extremely poor quality health care" at Limestone Correctional Facility at Capshaw.
REPORTS ON NAPHCARE - February 15, 2003 - NAPHCARE IS KILLING OUR LOVED ONES - Moore and Associates, an independent consultation firm, performed reviews of NaphCare, Inc., the for profit agency that handles the healthcare of Alabama's prisons. I have obtained copies of ALL their reports that have been released by the DOC. Here's some of the highlights. These reports are many, many pages thick.
PRISONS MUST SPEND $2.3M - February 15, 2003 - Montgomery County Circuit Judge William Shashy on Friday ordered the state prison system to spend $2.4 million to carry out a plan to relieve prison crowding. Former Gov. Don Siegelman told the court in September that the state would use money obtained from a land sale to hire more parole officers, expand community corrections, add bed space for mentally ill inmates and other needs. The prison system sold the land near Atmore for $2.4 million last year, but hasn't spent the money.
THE ALABAMA PRO BONO PROJECT - February 14, 2003 - The relationship between New York City's Legal Aid Society and clients in the state of Alabama is puzzling on its face, but Legal Aid's Alabama pro bono project is one of the most striking examples of the personal dedication and commitment Legal Aid attorneys bring to their work. Alabama is the only state in the country that does not provide post appeal legal representation or a post-conviction legal resource center for death row prisoners. Dozens of prisoners on Alabama's death row do not have access to lawyers.
ALABAMA VOICES SEEK EFFICIENCY BEFORE MONEY - February 14, 2003 - Going into Alabama's next legislative session, politicians, government employees and concerned citizens alike are focused on numbers -- and some pretty daunting numbers at that. Right now the numbers capturing their attention show that the state could be short anywhere from $200 million to $500 million in revenues for the education and General Fund budgets this year. Activists better keep an eye out.
Mom fears for son's life in Alabama jail - February 14, 2003 - Faye Harris is heading for Alabama to fight for her son's life. Harris' son Brian is being held at Easterling Correction Facility, a maximum-security, level 4 prison in Clio, Ala. She says he does not belong there and the prison system is so corrupt she fears he will be there forever, or he will be murdered.
Kitchen Conditions at St. Clair - February 14, 2003 - According to a report filed by Moore and Associates, here's the kitchen conditions at St. Clair: The food service area was found to be clean and orderly. A first aid kit was present but poorly stocked. There were signs in the inmate bathrooms to remind inmates of hand washing. All external thermometer for the cooler and freezers were not operational but internal thermometers appeared to be accurate.
Audits show gaps in prisoner care - February 11, 2003 - Medical consultants hired to review health-care services in Alabama prisons have reported what a
lawyer for inmates calls "serious deficiencies."
NEW PRISONS CHIEF MAN WITH MISSION - February 11, 2003 - After little more than a week on the job, Prison Commissioner Donal Campbell already has scoped out several years of work that needs to be done in the Alabama prison system. Campbell tackles crowding, funding woes.
St. Clair jail crowding at critical stage - February 11, 2003 - The inmate populations rise and fall. But, Marcrum said, for the last several months both jails have held almost twice the number of inmates they were meant to hold.
COMMISSION STUDYING ALABAMA'S SENTENCING LAWS - February 8, 2003 - The Alabama Sentencing Commission, created by the Legislature in 2000 to review Alabama's sentencing laws, is rushing to complete recommendations to present to the Legislature for its session beginning March 4.
NEW PRISON TERMS DRAFTED - February 8, 2003 - For the first time, criminal offenses would be classified as violent or nonviolent. Violent offenders would not be eligible for parole but would serve minimum sentences that would be extended by 20 percent for failure to cooperate with prison programs. They also would be under an automatic one-year period of supervision at the end of their sentence.
PRISON AUDITS RAISE CONCERNS - February 8, 2003 - A series of health care audits found some troubling situations in Alabama prisons. The audits were conducted at eight institutions between May and August of last year. They were released this week by the state's new prison commissioner, Donal Campbell. His predecessor, Mike Haley, had refused to release them.
No prison plan - February 5, 2003 - If Bob Riley is to perform magic with prisons, he deserves a little more time. The new governor is asking for an additional two weeks before submitting a plan to resolve overcrowded and dangerous conditions at Tutwiler, the state's prison for women.
State asks for more time on Tutwiler plan - February 5, 2003 - Officials want until Feb. 21 to draft proposal to alleviate crowding. State officials asked for more time Tuesday to draft a plan to defuse what a federal judge in December called the "ticking time bomb" of Tutwiler Prison for Women.
A commission says the state must find better ways to deal with overcrowding - February 4, 2003 - Alabama must be smarter in the way it punishes nonviolent criminals, said a key member of a panel that will soon advise the Legislature on how to fix the state's prison system. The Alabama Sentencing Commission, created by lawmakers three years ago, will issue its recommendations during the legislative session that begins March 4.
State health officials are investigating a case of tuberculosis at Tutwiler Prison for Women - January 30, 2003 - So far, tests have confirmed only one active case, said Mary Keenon, director of the division of Tuberculosis Control at the Alabama Department of Public Health. After the case was confirmed in late December, health officials started testing other inmates in the dormitory where the sick woman lived. Some of those tests came back positive. But some of those inmates have tested positive in the past and not actually had the disease, said Brian Corbett, a spokesman for the Alabama Department of Corrections. What about the 49 positive cases of TB at Donaldson Prison?
Judge presses Riley for relief at prison - January 28, 2003 - Plans to fine state if unsafe conditions at Tutwiler not fixed. A federal judge pressed his orders to eliminate unconstitutional conditions at Tutwiler Prison for Women directly to Gov. Bob Riley's administration in its first day in power Tuesday.
New head tapped for state prisons - January 28, 2003 - Ex-Tennessee penal chief Campbell named. Tennessee's prison commissioner for eight years, Donal Campbell, is moving south to oversee Alabama's crowded prisons, Gov. Bob Riley said Wednesday.
SOURCE INFORMATION ON DR. FRANCIS HENDERSON - January 26, 2003 - Just to verify what was posted in the last email I wrote, here is where I got the information of Dr. Francis "Bud" Henderson and the Arkansas Plasma Unit:
19 YEAR OLD IN ALABAMA SENTENCED TO 26 YEARS FOR MARIJUANA - January 25, 2003 - 26 years for minor pot sales by Dana
Larsen (24 Jan, 2003) Alabama youth's sentence typical for petty drug offences.
CASE EXPOSES GAP IN LAW; MAN FIRED, NOT PROSECUTED - January 22, 2003 - A mentally ill inmate at Taycheedah Correctional
Institution who was impregnated by a prison guard overseeing her was ordered to serve nearly a year of solitary confinement as punishment.
The guard, Matthew Emery, 24, was fired, but he cannot be charged criminally: Wisconsin is one of only four states in the country that does not
explicitly prohibit sexual contact between prison staff and inmates. Angie Hougas, a field organizer for Amnesty International, said only Wisconsin, Alabama, Oregon and Vermont do not make such actions a crime. Legislation was introduced several years ago in Wisconsin to change the law, but the bill died in committee, Hougas said.
FREEDOM ROBBED - January 22, 2003 - My story is told to you as honestly and as accurately as can be. Over the years, I have felt like I've had to 'defend' something, but I have realized that, as bizarre as my story is, just tell the truth and let that be it! I was released in April 10,2001, and my quest for justice has only gained momentum.
A.G. Files Complaint To Remove Fayette County Sheriff - January 22, 2003 - Attorney General Bill Pryor filed a complaint seeking a Writ of Quo Warranto in the Circuit Court of Fayette County yesterday, to remove Hubert Norris from the office of Sheriff of Fayette County. This quo warranto action is brought under section 6-6-591 of the Code of Alabama (1975), which permits the State of Alabama to bring an action against a person who unlawfully holds or exercises a public office.
Better representation for poor sought - January 21, 2003 - Alabama's largest federal court district is strengthening the legal representation for indigent
defendants by court-appointed attorneys.
Siegelman leaves more diverse judicial system - January 21, 2003 - One of Gov. Don Siegelman's legacies in Jefferson County may be the way he shaped the judiciary, appointing seven judges in the Birmingham Division in the past 14 months.
Inmates' lawyers slam Tutwiler plan - January 21, 2003 - Alabama's plan for solving crowding and understaffing at Julia Tutwiler Prison for Women in
Wetumpka "effectively does nothing" to solve the problem, lawyers for the inmates told a federal judge.
Ryan's death row decision lets families hang -- The Washington Times - January 16, 2003 - In 1995, Fedell Caffey murdered a pregnant Debra Evans and her 10-year-old daughter in their home. He and his girlfriend wanted a baby, so they cut Evans' unborn child from her womb and kidnapped it. They also took her 8-year-old son, who they tortured and eventually murdered. Departing Illinois Governor George Ryan let Caffey off death row because, he says, to do otherwise would be "playing God."
Easterling Prison still being out of control - January 7, 2003 - ...and yet the Alabama DOC says everything is just fine and dandy. This is the way in Alabama prisons. They figure people will get tired and just go away and many of them do give up because they continue to be ignored. But it looks like we have one more person who has decided not to give up on her loved one. We need more like her to keep putting the truth about Alabama DOC in front of the public.
SUPREME COURT UPHOLDS DEATH SENTENCE DESPITE JURY OVERRIDE - November 22, 2002 - The Alabama Supreme Court on Friday upheld the death sentence given to a man convicted of killing his grandparents, even though the judge did not go along with the jury's recommended sentence of life in prison without parole.
STATE INMATED PULLED FROM CREOLA WORK SITE - November 21, 2002 - A prison work crew has been pulled out of Creola after a complaint
that they were not properly supervised. But Department of Corrections spokesman Brian Corbett said the inmates had been verbally abused and prison officials did not want to be drawn into a dispute between the mayor and city council.
LAWSUIT SAYS HIV INMATE FACILITY INADEQUATE - November 21, 2002 - A lawsuit conteds the state correctional facility where prisoners with
HIV are held does not provide adequate medical care. The lawsuit, filed against the state by Miami attorney David Lipman, claims 12 HIV-positive inmates have died in the 240-person HIV unit of the Limestone Correctional Facility this year. Alabama isolates inmates with the virus that causes AIDS from the non-HIV inmate population.
LAWYER SAYS STATE NEGLECTS HIV INMATES - November 20, 2002 - 12 HIV inmates have died at Limestone Correctional Facility this year.
JURY OVERRIDE - NEW EXECUTION DATE SET - November 13, 2002 - The Alabama Supreme Court has set an execution date of Dec. 12 for Anthony Keith Johnson, convicted in a 1984 robbery and killing in Morgan County. Johnson, 46, who has spent more than 17 years on death row, was given the
execution date Tuesday. He was convicted in the March 11, 1984 slaying of Hartselle jewelry dealer Kenneth Cantrell.
ST. CLAIR NEWS - New Hospice program - November 9, 2002 - I personally think we should write them and Thank the paper for writing something positive about the inmates.
TALK SHOW HOST ARRESTED BECAUSE OF HER ACTIVISM - November 8, 2002 - Radio talk show personality Roberta Franklin, a frequent critic of the judicial and prison systems, faces criminal charges on 28 counts of possession of a controlled substance.
ST. CLAIR CORRECTIONS OFICER ARRESTED ON FEDERAL CHARGES - October 26, 2002
YELLOW MAMA RETIRES- October 26, 2002 - And lethal injection takes its place.
T-NETIX, INC., AWARDED ALABAMA CONTRACT - October 24, 2002 - T-NETIX estimates that the Alabama contract will represent about $36 million in gross revenues during its first three-year term, and an additional $12 million for each one-year renewal. This is for the collect phone calls from inmates to family members. A local call costs $2.85 to the family when local calls are free to everyone else. Long distance calls are at 17 cents per minute plus the surcharge of $2.42 for the family for a 15 minute call. See also:
HIGH COST OF INMATE COLLECT CALLS - A SCAM
PRISON GUARDS ARRESTED FOR SMUGGLING IN DRUGS - October 8, 2002 Prison Guards were arrested for smuggling in ecstacy and marijuana to
Imaginary Homicide - August 15, 2002 New York Times - Here is just one of MANY examples of how injustice is on planet Alabama. Take a gander.
AG Bill Pryor speaks his propaganda - August 16, 2002 Please read what Bill Pryor said at a meeting last week. Read the words carefully because "most" Alabamians don't know what he's really saying to them. My comments are written within the text below. For those who do not have html email format to see the blue font, my comments are also enclosed in brackets << ... >>. Just one person's opinion...
Overcrowding - Wetumpka, AL - August 20, 2002 Suit blasts prison conditions
Overcrowding - Talladega County, AL - August 20, 2002 Uprising illustrates problem
Overcrowding - Limestone County, AL - August 20, 2002 Limestone paying Huntsville $12,000 to house inmates
Overcrowding - Autauga County, AL - August 18, 2002 Grand jury doesn't flood jail
When justice is mocked - by Bob Herbert - New York Times - August 22, 2002 - Last week I passed around an article about the case below. The email subject line was "Not in Alabama you don't." The byline of that article began with: An Imaginary Homicide By BOB HERBERT If you are going to charge Three defendants with capital murder for killing a newborn, do you have an obligation to show that the baby really was killed? Not in Alabama, you don't.
Testimony of The Legal Aid Society on the Effects of Incarceration on Families - May 30, 2000 There is a lot we don't know about crime, about its causes and cures. But there are a couple of things we are pretty sure of at this point: that strengthening family ties is one of the best ways of reducing recidivism among criminal offenders; and that children without parents are at great risk of turning to a life of crime. Yet New York State and the federal government pursue policies seemingly designed to destroy family ties and separate children from their parents. Part One & Two.
Restorative Justice Program - May 23, 2002
Helping victims of crime
Female Former Inmates Files Sexual Harassment Suit - May 20, 2002 - Alabama female inmates allege sexual assault by guards.
Leadership Vacuum - May 20, 2002 - Alabama: Health & Conditions in Mobile Metro Jail
Senate approves bill to allow lethal injection - February 20, 2002 - The Senate voted 27-1 Tuesday for a bill that would make lethal injection the primary form of execution, but that would allow any condemned inmate to choose the electric chair over lethal injection.
OUT OF STATE PRISONS - February 19, 2002 - Gov. Bob Riley, like his predecessor Don Siegelman, is considering housing Alabama prisoners in
other states. The question Riley must answer is: Can the state afford it as a short-term solution to prison overcrowding? The families of the prisoners, who voted Riley into office, say no - he cannot afford this and neither can the state. Moving the prisoners out of state will hurt the families more than Riley realizes. For one thing, it will cost Riley the next term in office.
Alabama Doc Job Fair - Birmingham News - February 15, 2002 - Potential employers did not see these women in best attire for job interviews. Starched white scrubs go only so far to making a good impression when 'Alabama Department of Corrections' is printed on the back in letters as long as your fingers...
Race, Politics Blamed for U.S. Death Penalty Errors - February 11, 2002
NEW PRISON COMMISSIONER NAMED - January 22, 2003
Gov. Bob Riley on Wednesday named former Tennessee prison commissioner Donal Campbell to head the Alabama Department of Corrections.
Alabama Death Row Inmate Sue State - December 29, 2001
Court to Hear Recycle Suit - November 16, 2001 - They say the work they do exposes them to dangerous diseases such as hepatitis and AIDS-causing HIV by exposing them to dangerous medical waste.
Alabama Fraud by Sherry Swiney 9:01pm Fri Nov 2 '01 - Political Prisoner framed by the State of Alabama USA justice department, sentenced to life without parole for a crime he did not commit.
Alabama State Prisoner Reveals Horror on the Inside Then gets harrased by judge -11/01/01
TOO LATE TO DEBATE???
Alabama death penalty news
Capital Punishment Makes Us Guilty of Playing Creator - May 13, 2001 Birmingham News, Alabama
Hubbard v. Haley, No 99-6087 (11th Cir. August 21, 2001) - On medical abuse in Alabama prisons
Letter to the editor on Alabama and Florida prison abuse
Price too high for tough sentencing; critics say - May 11, 2001 Birmingham News, Alabama Nonsensical' to imprison 5,000 nonviolent offenders, expert says. Jerald Sanders never committed a violent crime. But he did steal a $60 bicycle, and it wasn't his first offense. He was ordered to spend the rest of his life in prison, without any chance of parole.
Ruling on Transfer defeats Bill Pryor [Alabama Attorney General] - June 11, 2001
State Told To Make Room For Prisoners - Alabama May 19, 2001 MONTGOMERY - A judge gave Prison Commissioner Mike Haley 30 days Friday to remove nearly 2,000 state convicts from Alabama's county jails or face contempt-of-court citations. Montgomery County Circuit Judge William A. Shashy, in a written order, said Haley has until June 18 to remove all state convicts from county jails who have been there longer than the 30-day maximum set by a 1998 court order.
Prisoner Helped By Internet Crusade - The Jubilee Newspaper June 26, 1998 - US: The Freest country and the watchdog of the world locks people up, threatens a man's life, to silence free speech. World-wide Internet-spawned protest and saves his life.