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Alabama Corrections expects final price tag on new prison in two months

BY: - June 28, 2023

The commissioner of the Department of Corrections (DOC) told the Joint Prison Oversight Committee Tuesday that he expected a final price tag on a new Elmore County prison in the next two months. Three months after legislators learned the prison could be $350 million more than what they expected, John Hamm said the construction company […]

Bill reducing good time incentives for inmates headed to Gov. Kay Ivey

BY: - April 12, 2023

A bill that would cut the sentence reductions an inmate can get for good behavior headed to Gov. Kay Ivey’s desk on Tuesday.  SB1, sponsored by Sen. April Weaver, R-Brierfield, passed the Alabama House of Representatives on a 79-24 vote.  Supporters said the bill, which stemmed from the death of a Bibb County deputy last […]

Alabama legislator seeks to reduce good time incentives for prison inmates

BY: - February 13, 2023

An Alabama legislator has filed a bill that would reduce the amount of time reductions an incarcerated person can receive for good behavior. The bill, sponsored by Sen. April Weaver, R-Brierfield, would significantly limit the amount of time inmates would earn for following rules and regulations. Messages seeking comment were left with Weaver on Friday […]