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Alabama: Nearly finished build for nitrogen gas executions

Jun 10, 2021
Alabama Death Row

Alabama is almost done building a system that will carry out death sentences with nitrogen gas.

The Alabama Department of Corrections said the next step is to have the nitrogen hypoxia system reviewed by a safety expert.

Nitrogen gas has not been used by any states for execution, but Alabama joins Oklahoma and Mississippi as states that have authorized the untested use of it as means to carry out death sentences.

DOJ: Alabama prisons remain deadly, homicides increasing

May 21, 2021


Alabama prisons are still not up to federal standards according to the latest statement from the U.S. Department of Justice.

On Wednesday the department filed an amended complaint in their lawsuit against the state saying conditions have not improved and inmate homicides have increased despite years of warnings. The complaint also says that failed negotiations make it clear that constitutional compliance cannot be secured by voluntary means and is asking to declare the state's prisons unconstitutional.

Alabama to begin vaccinating prison inmates

Apr 2, 2021
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Alabama inmates will be given access to the COVID-19 vaccine after prison officers and staff have already been vaccinated.

The Alabama Department of Corrections said it will begin vaccinating inmates on April 12. The prison system said it will start with 6,000-7,000 doses to inoculate the most vulnerable inmates.

Alabama ranks sixth in the country for inmate deaths from COVID-19 per 10,000 prisoners.

2 Alabama prison officers charged with assaulting inmate

Mar 11, 2021


Alabama prison staffers have been charged with beating an inmate and then making false statements about it.

The U.S. Department of Justice announced the charges against Department of Corrections Sgt. Devlon Williams and correctional officer Larry Managan Jr. on Wednesday.

Prosecutors said the assault occurred at Staton Correction Facility and that the staffers attacked the inmate by kicking him and hitting him with a collapsible baton. 


The Alabama House of Representatives passed a bill that would give that would give them more oversight over large expenditures.

The 98-0 vote on Tuesday approved the bill by Republican Rep. Mike Jones that will now move to the Alabama Senate.

FBI launches probe after Alabama inmate activist injured

Feb 10, 2021


The FBI is helping to investigate an altercation between officers and inmates that left several hospitalized.

The Alabama Department of Corrections said the incident occurred Jan. 30 at William E. Donaldson Correctional Facility in Bessemer, and that two officers and two inmates were sent to the hospital as a result. Inmates Robert Council and Ephan Moore were sent for their injuries and the officers suffered stab wounds.

Alabama prisons agency says federal suit ignores progress

Dec 11, 2020

The Alabama Department of Corrections has responded to the latest lawsuit from the U.S. Justice Department.

The statement said the agency has been working to hire more positions to work in understaffed prisons that the lawsuit said violates the Constitution's ban on cruel and unusual punishment because of their conditions.

The department also said the Gov. Kay Ivey's plan to construct three large new prisons will replace the older buildings.

The state said the government filed the suit without warning despite continued negotiations.


MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama prison inmate has died after what authorities described as an apparent inmate-on-inmate assault. 

The Alabama Department of Corrections said Dwight Campbell, a 48-year-old inmate at Bullock Correctional Facility in Union Springs, died Monday from injuries sustained during the assault. The prison system said his death is under investigation and did not release additional details.


MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Residents in two Alabama counties say they are opposed to the state's plan to build new prisons in their communities. 

News outlets report that residents in Elmore and Bibb Counties have expressed concern about possible escapes, traffic and a lack of public input on the sites.


MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A 74-year-old inmate at an Alabama prison has died after contracting COVID-19. He is the 26th inmate to die after contracting the virus. 

The Alabama Department of Corrections said in a news release that Johnny Dwight Terry, a 74-year-old inmate at Limestone Correctional Facility died Thursday.


MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A state inmate has died after being assaulted by another prisoner. 

The Alabama Department of Corrections says 46-year-old Demarcus Fernando Harrison died last week from injuries sustained during an apparent inmate-on-inmate assault. Harrison’s exact cause of death is pending a full autopsy.


Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey announced Sept. 3 that negotiations are beginning for the construction of a new prison site in Bibb County.

Construction should begin early next year, Ivey announced in a news release.


MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama’s governor has announced plans to move ahead with state leasing of three privately built mega prisons that would begin construction next year. 

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PELL CITY, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama jail is temporarily closing on Monday. According to a news release, the St. Clair County Jail in Pell City will be undergoing a “thorough assessment” because of its age. 

WBRC-TV reports to ensure the safety of inmates and employees, officials said the facility will be temporarily evacuated as the assessment is conducted.


ELMORE, Ala. (AP) — A fourth inmate in Alabama had died after testing positive for COVID-19 as the number of virus cases in the state systems continues to rise. 

The state Department of Corrections says 80-year-old Robert Stewart died Sunday. He started showing symptoms of the virus last week and was later taken to a hospital where he died.

An inmate from a different state prison died Friday after testing positive for the virus.


MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama prison system reported that an inmate died after being assaulted by another inmate. 

A spokeswoman for the Alabama Department of Corrections said Jamaal King, a 34-year-old inmate at Elmore Correctional Facility died Wednesday from injuries sustained in an apparent inmate-on-inmate assault.

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama Department of Corrections says a prison infirmary has been quarantined after two inmates there tested positive for coronavirus. 

The inmates were transferred to a hospital and the  infirmary at Kilby Correctional Facility placed on quarantine. The prison system said in a news release that a total of 55 staff members, including contract staff, and 11 inmates have so far tested positive for the virus.


MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey’s administration is inching forward with a plan to lease three mega-prisons built by private companies. 

The Department of Corrections opened bids from two companies seeking the contracts. Ivey’s office said they are now in a “confidential proposal evaluation period.”



MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Two Alabama inmates who say they were beaten while handcuffed by a prison guard have sued him and other prison employees for conspiring to conceal to assault. 

Authorities say that in February 2019, inmates Cortney Rolley and Christopher Hampton were beaten by Elmore Correctional Facility Sgt. Ulysses Oliver Jr. Authorities say Oliver faces up to 20 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to assaulting the pair.

Push to release inmates during COVID-19 pandemic

Apr 30, 2020

An APR News Feature --Part of an innovative collaboration between Alabama Public Radio, the commercial newsroom at WVUA23-TV, and the University of Alabama's Center for Public Television.

Concern is growing over if Alabama’s jails and prisons are prepared to battle the coronavirus pandemic. This comes as the first Alabama prisoner died from COVID-19 in recent weeks. Some advocates say changing guidelines for release in Alabama’s detention centers could help slow the spread of COVID-19.  

Jenny Carroll is a professor of law at The University of Alabama.



MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama prison system has reported its fourth case of COVID-19 in a state inmate.

The Department of Corrections announced the positive test on Wednesday in a news release.  

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BRANTLEY, Ala. (AP) — An escaped Alabama inmate has been captured after more than a week on the lam.

The Department of Corrections says 34-year-old Dustin Joel Morton was arrested Tuesday in the south Alabama town of Brantley. He escaped from the Elba Work Release Center about 20 miles away on Feb. 17.  

Morton was serving a 15-year sentence for obstructing justice and using a false identity in Marshall County. He was sentenced in September 2017.

Vernon Madison

ATMORE, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama inmate spared from execution by questions over whether dementia had erased memories of his crime has died on death row.

The Alabama Department of Corrections said in a statement Monday that Vernon Madison died over the weekend. He was 69.

The agency said no foul play is suspected.

Madison spent more than three decades on Alabama's death row for killing a police officer in 1985. His last scheduled execution was halted in 2018 after Madison's attorneys argued that strokes had left him with severe dementia and no memory of the murder.

Alabama lawmakers say they have questions about Governor Kay Ivey's proposal to lease three megaprisons built by private companies as a partial solution to the state's ongoing prison crisis. 

The governor's administration is pursuing a plan to hire private companies to build the prisons which would then be leased back to the state and run by the Department of Corrections. 

Legislative leaders say they're not objecting to the proposal but want to make sure the leases don't become a drain  on the state's budget.

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, understaffing and contraband. Dunn said the system has increased prison staff by 255 security officers.

A federal judge had ordered the state to add approximately 2,200 officers. 

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Authorities are searching for an inmate who escaped from a work-release program in northwest Alabama.

A report from the Department of Corrections says 26-year-old Xavier Lamont Armstead escaped from custody in Colbert County on Monday afternoon. He left a job site and hasn't been seen since.

Lamont was serving a more than 19-year sentence for third-degree burglary. Court records show he has multiple arrests on charges including burglary, forgery, theft and receiving stolen property.

The Alabama Department of Corrections is investigating the death of an inmate who officials say was assaulted by a fellow prisoner.

The department identified the slain inmate as 38-year-old Moses Robinson.

Corrections officials said in a statement obtained by news outlets Tuesday that Robinson died Dec. 31 from injuries sustained in an attack at the Holman Correctional Facility the day before.

His cause of death is pending a full autopsy.

Attorneys for state inmates say Alabama has made little progress in meeting a court order to dramatically increase the number of corrections officers working in state prisons.  

Attorneys from the Southern Poverty Law Center wrote in a Friday court filing in an ongoing case over prison healthcare that the state has increased staff by only 25 officers over nearly two years.

A spokeswoman for the Alabama Department of Corrections did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment, but the department has defended its progress in earlier court filings. 

Two Alabama prison officers are on leave as the department probes the use of force in the death of a state inmate.

The Alabama Department of Corrections said it is investigating the alleged use of force that resulted in the death of an inmate at Ventress Correctional Facility inmate. 

Fifty-five-year-old Michael Smith of Fairfield, died Dec. 5 after being removed from life support following a November incident at the prison. 

The prison system said it is also investigating the death of another inmate at Holman Correctional Facility.

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Prison officials say they are investigating the deaths of two Alabama inmates.

The Department of Corrections says 65-year-old Earl Hogan passed out Nov. 20 while working in the garage at Staton Correctional Facility.

The agency says officers and medical staff performed CPR, but Hogan could not be revived. The cause of death is pending autopsy results.

Hogan was serving a life sentence out of Elmore County for a murder conviction.