Tag Archives: Alabama

AL: Inmate dies after hanging himself with underwear in Madison County Jail cell

An Alabama jail inmate arrested for a DUI strangled himself by tying a knot in a pair of long underwear and then tying it to the cell’s upper bunk.

According to the Chief:

“That’s a typical way that inmates commit suicide in jail,” Morrison said. “People picture them hanging from rafters, but that’s not the case at all.”

The inmate had been appropriately evaluated at intake and had answered no to deputies’ questions regarding whether he had suicidal intentions.

Read more here.

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Alabama Department of Corrections signs new inmate health care contract

From the article: “The contract is a renewal of a prior health care services contract, according to the company. The state will pay $224.7 million to Corizon over the next three years. The office of Sen. Arthur Orr released a statement Thursday afternoon saying the contract would save $23.8 million over the next three years; lawmakers had sought significant reductions in the cost of health care costs for the state’s 25,000 inmates.”

Read more here.

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AL: Charges against former Mobile-area warden stemmed from Dec. 2011 incident

From the article: “The complaint against a former Mobile warden involves an incident from December 2011, the same month and year he resigned from his job with the Alabama Department of Corrections…[He] was charged with two counts of using his position for personal gain.”  There’s not much in the way of further details, but you can read what there is here.

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More on the high costs of healthcare in jails

Similar to yesterday’s post on Alabama jails’ healthcare costs, here are two more from Indiana and Pennsylvania.

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Inmate medical care strains budgets

Medical costs continue to skyrocket for county jails to treat inmates, specifically in Alabama in this case.  Some cost-cutting options discussed in Ohio include allowing inmates’ families to bring in medication to the facility and using a central pharmacy for bulk-rate prices.

Read the article here.

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Alabama Segregates Prisoners In ‘HIV Ghetto’: Lawsuit

According to the article, the ACLU has sued the Alabama corrections department, alleging the following: “The Alabama Department of Corrections automatically excludes all prisoners with HIV from a host of rehabilitative and vocational programs that ADOC offers to all prisoners who don’t have HIV — including trade schools, work release jobs, residential drug-treatment programs for prisoners struggling with substance abuse, and programs for prisoners suffering from serious mental illness. Prisoners with HIV are even barred from the faith-based dormitory and the dormitory for seniors.”

Read the article on the suit here.

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ACLU opposing Ala requirement for prison visits

From the article: “The American Civil Liberties Union is criticizing a new policy that requires Alabama prison visitors to have their fingerprints scanned.”

The article quotes ACLU’s National Prison Project staff as saying that this is the only state in the nation to take such a step.  However, I feel reasonably certain that I just read material that Ohio is moving to that as well, under a new vendor that is handling both money orders and visitor lists.

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‘Mass release’ of state prisoners not a given if amendment fails

From the article: “When Alabama voters go the polls Sept. 18, they’ll face a choice — shift $437 million from a state trust fund to patch the state budget, or brace for a “mass release” of state prison inmates.”

The wording apparently reads that the amendment is “to provide adequate funding for the State General Fund budget, to prevent the mass release of prisoners from Alabama prisons, and to protect critical health services to Alabama children, elderly and mothers.”

Well, Alabama voters, you have two choices: (1) pass this amendment or (2) prepare for total chaos and martial law, lock your doors and hide your children, as the prisoners run amok across the land.

No pressure.  Take your time.

Read the article here.

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Inmates Evacuated Ahead of Isaac

Inmates are evacuated in both Mississippi and Alabama ahead of Hurricane Isaac.

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