U.S. Justice Department http://apr.org en Alabama Prison Chief Says Changes Underway At Tutwiler http://apr.org/post/alabama-prison-chief-says-changes-underway-tutwiler <p></p><p>The Alabama Department of Corrections says it is working with a consulting group to make changes at Alabama's prison for women, including providing more privacy in the bathrooms.</p><p>Corrections Commissioner Kim Thomas said Friday three months of working with the Moss Group is having a positive impact on Tutwiler Prison in Wetumpka. Shower curtains, toilet partitions and privacy curtains have been installed in part of the prison and the full installation should be complete by Oct. 1.</p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 21:40:48 +0000 The Associated Press 55116 at http://apr.org Alabama Prison Chief Says Changes Underway At Tutwiler Feds Seek Early Release Of Bombing Victim's Dad http://apr.org/post/feds-seek-early-release-bombing-victims-dad <p></p><p>The government is seeking the early release from prison of a former Alabama politician whose daughter died in a racist church bombing in Birmingham in 1963.</p><p>The Justice Department filed papers Thursday supporting the compassionate release of Chris McNair, a former Alabama county commissioner convicted of taking thousands of dollars in bribes.</p><p>McNair is 87 and suffers from numerous health problems. The request asks a judge to reduce McNair's five-year sentence to the time he's served since 2011.</p> Thu, 29 Aug 2013 21:13:32 +0000 The Associated Press 36935 at http://apr.org Feds Seek Early Release Of Bombing Victim's Dad US Supreme Court To Hear Alabama Case Feb. 27 http://apr.org/post/us-supreme-court-hear-alabama-case-feb-27 <P>The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments Feb. 27 in efforts by an Alabama county to stop enforcement of part of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.</P> <P>The court initially agreed in November to hear the case brought by Shelby County, and it has now set the date for attorneys to present their arguments.</P> <P>The Voting Rights Act requires the Justice Department to review and approve changes in elections laws in Alabama and several others states to make sure they don't discriminate against minorities. Sun, 03 Feb 2013 15:23:31 +0000 The Associated Press 24264 at http://apr.org US Supreme Court To Hear Alabama Case Feb. 27 Fed Study Criticizes Ala. Women's Prison http://apr.org/post/fed-study-criticizes-ala-womens-prison <p>A Justice Department report is criticizing the way female inmates are treated at Alabama's lone prison for women.</p><p>A study by the National Institute of Corrections says there have been reports of sexual abuse of female prisoners, and officials haven't always treated those complaints in the proper manner.</p> Fri, 25 Jan 2013 22:47:28 +0000 The Associated Press 23809 at http://apr.org Fed Study Criticizes Ala. Women's Prison Justice Dept. Clears Ala.'s Legislative Districts http://apr.org/post/justice-dept-clears-alas-legislative-districts The U.S. Justice Department has cleared Alabama's new legislative districts for use in the 2014 elections. Assistant U.S. Attorney General Thomas Perez notified state Attorney General Luther Strange of the decision Friday. The Justice Department has to review new political boundaries in Alabama to make sure they don't violate the 1965 Voting Rights Act by disenfranchising black voters. The co-chairman of the Legislature's Redistricting Committee, Republican Rep. Fri, 05 Oct 2012 22:13:17 +0000 The Associated Press 18893 at http://apr.org Justice Dept. Clears Ala.'s Legislative Districts