Alabama prisons http://apr.org en Ala. Prisons Use $20.8 In OT To Supplement Staff http://apr.org/post/ala-prisons-use-208-ot-supplement-staff <p></p><p>Alabama's prison system paid $20.8 million in overtime last year, with 14 percent going to one prison.</p><p>Al.com reports that employees of Donaldson Correctional Facility, a maximum security prison in Jefferson County, received about $2.9 million in overtime pay. That averages about $8,873 per employee.</p><p>Department of Corrections spokeswoman Kristi Gates says the prison system uses overtime to supplement chronic staffing shortages. Gates says Donaldson prison has 8.4 inmates for every one officer. The overtime pay reduces the ratio to 6.9.</p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 21:03:59 +0000 The Associated Press 55296 at http://apr.org Ala. Prisons Use $20.8 In OT To Supplement Staff Groups Sue Over Alabama Prison Conditions http://apr.org/post/groups-sue-over-alabama-prison-conditions <p></p><p>Two advocacy groups have filed a lawsuit against the Alabama prison system, claiming the state is failing to provide basic medical and mental health care to inmates.</p><p>Attorney Maria Morris of the Southern Poverty Law Center says a lack of adequate medical care is causing inmate suffering and even deaths.</p><p>The SPLC and the Alabama Disabilities Advocacy Center filed the lawsuit Tuesday in federal court in Montgomery on behalf of about 40 inmates.</p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 21:29:07 +0000 The Associated Press 54086 at http://apr.org Groups Sue Over Alabama Prison Conditions Corrections Leader Refutes Claims In SPLC Report http://apr.org/post/corrections-leader-refutes-claims-splc-report <p></p><p>Alabama Department of Corrections officials are refuting a report by a human rights organization that criticizes health care in state prisons.</p><p>Department Commissioner Kim Thomas said in a statement Wednesday the state is proud of the health care it offers inmates and that care provided in state institutions is better than what's available to most uninsured Alabamians.</p><p>A report by the Southern Poverty Law Center said the state fails to give inmates a humane level of medical care and disabled prisoners face discrimination.</p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 20:51:34 +0000 The Associated Press 53711 at http://apr.org Corrections Leader Refutes Claims In SPLC Report Governor Bentley Supportive Of Prison Ombudsman http://apr.org/post/governor-bentley-supportive-prison-ombudsman <p></p><p>A spokeswoman for Gov. Robert Bentley says he's supportive of $250,000 added to the state General Fund budget for hiring a prison ombudsman in the governor's office.</p><p>Senate budget committee Chairman Arthur Orr added the money to the General Fund budget when his committee approved it on Wednesday. Orr says the ombudsman would start by focusing on complaints from inmates at Tutwiler Prison for women in Wetumpka. Some inmates at Tutwiler have complained about sexual abuse. Orr says the ombudsman would give the governor a direct line to what's going on in Tutwiler.</p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 20:38:54 +0000 The Associated Press 48695 at http://apr.org Governor Bentley Supportive Of Prison Ombudsman Study Ranks Alabama Third for Imprisonment Rate http://apr.org/post/study-ranks-alabama-third-imprisonment-rate <p>A new federal study says Alabama's imprisonment rate ranks third highest in the nation.<br><br>&nbsp;&nbsp; The study by the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics says Alabama imprisoned 650 people per 100,000 state residents in 2012. Louisiana ranked first at 893 people per 100,000 residents and Mississippi was second at 717 per 100,000. Maine had the lowest rate at 145 people per 100,000 residents. The national average was 480 per 100,000.<br> Wed, 31 Jul 2013 13:10:41 +0000 The Associated Press 35141 at http://apr.org Study Ranks Alabama Third for Imprisonment Rate Abuses Point to Lack of Prison Security Cameras http://apr.org/post/abuses-point-lack-prison-security-cameras <p>Allegations of inmate abuse at Alabama's female prison and an inmate being beaten to death at a male prison have pointed to a lack of security cameras in state prisons.<br><br>&nbsp;&nbsp; Testimony in a federal court trial in Montgomery has noted the lack of cameras to record what happened on the night inmate Rocrast Mack was beaten and stomped at Ventress Correctional Facility in Clayton. Allegations of inmate abuse at Tutwiler Prison for Women led to a federal report pointing out the need for cameras. The Legislature voted recently to fund cameras for Tutwiler.<br> Mon, 24 Jun 2013 13:10:14 +0000 The Associated Press 32909 at http://apr.org Abuses Point to Lack of Prison Security Cameras Alabama Legislature Approves General Fund Budget http://apr.org/post/alabama-legislature-approves-general-fund-budget <p>The Alabama Legislature has approved a compromise General Fund budget that increases funding for courts and prisons.<br> Fri, 10 May 2013 11:57:21 +0000 The Associated Press 30112 at http://apr.org Alabama Legislature Approves General Fund Budget ACLU Opposing Ala Requirement for Prison Visits http://apr.org/post/aclu-opposing-ala-requirement-prison-visits <P>The American Civil Liberties Union is criticizing a new policy that requires Alabama prison visitors to have their fingerprints scanned.</P> <P>David Fathi of the ACLU's National Prison Project tells the Montgomery Advertiser (<A href="http://bit.ly/TbxlpG"><U><FONT color=#0000ff>http://bit.ly/TbxlpG</FONT></U></A> ) the new rule is "extreme."</P> <P>Fathi says no other state has such a requirement. Tue, 04 Sep 2012 13:18:42 +0000 The Associated Press 17296 at http://apr.org ACLU Opposing Ala Requirement for Prison Visits