A positive note in prison debate

December 5, 2017

By Sen. Cam Ward and Rep. Matt Fridy

The news surrounding the Alabama corrections system seems to be one negative story after another with much of the focus on the need for reform and consolidation in the system as well as higher quality of service and better outcomes.  Much of this is true and is a result of inadequate funding, not because of poor leadership or management.  In fact, we would argue that ADOC has some of the best leadership under Commissioner Jeff Dunn and his team that we have had in some time.  They are tackling the bigger problems and looking for ways to solve them in the face of many challenges.

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Senator Sanford Says Merger of Departments of Industrial Relations with the Department of Labor Was Great Success

October 15, 2012

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama State Senator Paul Sanford (R) from Huntsville announced in a written statement Thursday that the merger of two state agencies shows efficiencies can be gained by consolidating state agencies without jeopardizing essential public services

Senator Sanford said, “Merging these two departments with similar functions was a common sense way to cut costs and operate more efficiently.  Governor Bentley deserves a great deal of credit for his commitment to right-sizing state government, as does the new Commissioner of the Department of Labor, Tom Surtrees, who has worked diligently to ensure a smooth transition.”
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