Alabama Correctional Officers Fail to Report to Work Amid Prison Strike


(10/05/2016)
A new development in the four-week nationwide prison strike by inmates in the U.S. federal and state prison systems unfolded last week after a number of correctional officers failed to report to work at William C. Holman Correctional Facility in Atmore on Sept. 24.
 

Nationwide Prison Strike Enters Second Week


(09/20/2016)
Inmates across the country launched the first national prison labor strike in U.S. history on Sept. 9, the 45th anniversary of the Attica prison uprising in upstate New York. The Free Alabama Movement (FAM), a prison-based organization located in New Market that continues to mobilize across Alabama, and the Kansas City, Mo.-based Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee helped launch the call to action for inmates who are demanding better conditions and health care, the right to unionize and what some protesters are calling an “end to slavery in America,” according to an official work-stoppage announcement.
 

Alabama Settles Lawsuit to Accommodate Inmates with Disabilities


(08/10/2016)
In early July, Alabama settled a lawsuit to make changes to accommodate inmates with disabilities at aging state prisons.
 

Revised Alabama Prison Construction Bill Dies in State House


(05/10/2016)
Alabama Governor Robert Bentley’s multi-million-dollar plan to build four new prisons across the state died on May 4 when the state House failed to vote on an amended version of the Alabama Prison Transformation Initiative Act prior to its expiration time and the end of the Legislative session.
 

Alabama DOC Aims to Silence Illicit Cell Phones


(04/16/2015)
Alabama’s Draper, Elmore and Staton correctional facilities, all located in Elmore County, may soon receive managed-access systems aimed at blocking signals to contraband cell phones.

Alabama Poised to Establish Prison Reform Task Force


(01/22/2014)
Alabama state senators hope their recent approval of a new task force will help determine the cause of the state’s growing prison overcrowding problem, and offer potential solutions.