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ADOC kicks off new year with statewide hiring events to address understaffed prisons

The Alabama Department of Corrections continues to push recent pay raises and benefits, offering a series of statewide hiring events in an effort to address the dwindling supply of corrections officers and prison staff.

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U.S. Rep. Barry Moore suggests Federal Bureau of Prisons offer technical training to prisoners to reduce recidivism

U.S. Rep. Barry Moore (R-Enterprise) urged the Federal Bureau of Prisons (FBP) director Colette Peters on Tuesday to look to one Alabama prison program as inspiration for reducing recidivism.

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Through the eyes of a correctional officer: How drugs, violence and corruption spread chaos in Alabama prisons

1819 News recently spoke with an Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) correctional officer in a major prison in central Alabama. For his protection, his identity has been omitted.

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AG Marshall: 1,000-1,200 additional inmates subject to early release by July under 2021 criminal justice law

Initial reports stated a so-called criminal justice reform law passed in a special session of the Alabama Legislature in 2021 would soon result in the mass release of 369 inmates incarcerated in the state's corrections system.

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See the state lawmakers who voted for the 2021 law that initiated this week's mass inmate release

The Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) continues steadily releasing violent inmates after a 2021 law took effect on Tuesday.

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Alabama prison homicides still amongst highest in the nation

Alabama inmates are all but back to work after a week-long protest of prison conditions that saw hundreds of inmates refuse to do their assigned work.

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Why did State Sen. Elliott send Congressman Rogers a box of nails?

Earlier this week, U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Saks) voiced his frustration with the Alabama Legislature's use of American Rescue Plan Act (APRA) funds allocated to the state in the name of COVID-19 pandemic relief.

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Alabama closes bond deal to build mega-prisons

Alabama on Tuesday closed a $509 million bond deal to help build two supersize prisons amid lawsuits by inmates bidding to block the project.

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Blanchard says 'one-bid' state prison construction a product of 'padded-pocket government,' 'pay-to-play'

During an appearance on Mobile radio FM Talk 106.5's "The Jeff Poor Show" on Wednesday, Republican gubernatorial hopeful Lindy Blanchard said she took issue with the use of COVID-19 relief money for a contract that was not awarded through a process with multiple bids.

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Democratic candidate for governor draws on experience as educator

Yolanda Rochelle Flowers is running for Governor of Alabama in the Democratic party primary. On Friday, 1819 News discussed the campaign...

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Forestry Industry leaders discuss hiring and training formerly incarcerated workers

From the 1819 News staff The Commission on Reentry met Tuesday and heard from leaders from the Alabama Forestry Association’s Forest...

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Alabama inmate, who survived botched execution in 2018, dies

By Craig Monger An Alabama inmate, who survived a botched execution in 2018, has died from cancer-related complications.    Doyle Hamm...

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Former Alabama Mayor arrested on rape charge

Attorney General Steve Marshall announced that former Mosses Mayor Walter Sylvester Hill is charged with rape, resulting in the revocation...

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Miss USA inspiring children of incarcerated parents through her own experience

By Erica Thomas, Managing Editor To look at her now, you can see Miss USA 2020 has it all together. Glance past her beautiful smile...

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Ivey stresses importance of reducing recidivism

By Brandon Moseley Alabama Governor Kay Ivey (R) discussed the importance of moving away from just warehousing prisoners to taking...

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Plan to use COVID funds to replace aging prisons supported in south Alabama

By Randy Tatano “The locks are unreliable.” That eye-opening comment from Alabama State Senator Greg Albritton about Atmore’s William...