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Prison Changes
4:40 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Alabama Prison Chief Says Changes Underway At Tutwiler

Corrections Commissioner Kim Thomas said Friday three months of working with the Moss Group is having a positive impact on Tutwiler Prison in Wetumpka.
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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.

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.

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Church Bombing-Dad-Prison
4:13 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Feds Seek Early Release Of Bombing Victim's Dad

The government is seeking the early release from prison of Chris McNair who is the father of Denise McNair, one of the four black girls who was killed when Ku Klux Klansmen bombed the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham.
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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.

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.

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.

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Voting Rights Act
9:23 am
Sun February 3, 2013

US Supreme Court To Hear Alabama Case Feb. 27

The nation's highest court will hear arguments Feb. 27 in efforts by an Alabama county to stop enforcement of part of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.
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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.


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.

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Alabama Prison Abuse
4:47 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

Fed Study Criticizes Ala. Women's Prison

A new report from the Justice Department is criticizing the way female inmates are treated at Alabama's lone prison for women.
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A Justice Department report is criticizing the way female inmates are treated at Alabama's lone prison for women.

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.

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New Districts
5:13 pm
Fri October 5, 2012

Justice Dept. Clears Ala.'s Legislative Districts

The U.S. Justice Department has cleared Alabama's new legislative districts for use in the 2014 elections.
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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.

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