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ADOC's Hamm expects May 2026 Elmore County prison completion date — 'Probably 25% complete'

During Friday's broadcast of Alabama Public Television's "Capitol Journal," Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) commissioner John Hamm offered an expected update on the long-anticipated Elmore County mega-prison.

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ADOC Commissioner Hamm blames inflation, construction market for new prison cost escalation

Hamm said the high rate of inflation, paired with increased demand in the construction market resulting from an influx of government money, was to blame for those increases.

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ADOC's Hamm blames rising construction prices for significant Elmore prison cost overrun

MONTGOMERY - Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) Commissioner John Hamm delivered an update on prison construction during Wednesday’s Join Prison Oversight Committee meeting, insinuating that just one of the two new mega-prisons could cost the state over $1 billion.

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ADOC's Hamm refuses to answer questions about potential August hostage situation, prisoner with gun: 'It wasn’t pretty, but we’re getting to the bottom of it'

MONTGOMERY - Alabama Department of Corrections Commissioner John Hamm refused to go into detail about an incident at Donaldson Correctional Facility in August, which involved a prisoner with a gun who may have taken guards hostage.

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Alabama Department of Corrections courting technology to block cell phone use in Alabama prisons

The Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) is considering implementing software to block unauthorized cell phone usage from inmates.

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ADOC Commissioner John Hamm gives lawmakers update on prison construction, staffing — 'Roughly, it comes out to $250,000 a bed'

The Joint Legislative Prison Oversight Committee met on Tuesday to discuss the construction and funding of the state’s two new mega-prisons, staffing shortages and more.  

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Would you be an Alabama prison guard for $55,000 a year?

On Tuesday, the Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) announced pay increases for the state's correctional officers.

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Alabama Department of Corrections faces struggle to hire and retain personnel

Ask anyone with insight into the Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC), and they'll tell you it is understaffed.