The bickering over State prisons continues

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

There will be yet another prison bill introduced when the Legislature returns on April 4, but even so, skepticism is growing over lawmakers’ chances of getting any legislation passed.

The fact that there will be another prison bill – this one backed by more than a dozen sheriffs and sponsored by Rep. Allen Farley – is evidence of how deeply divided lawmakers are over the issue.
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Finance Spending Millions Per Year on New Time and Attendance System

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Not only has the State Department of Finance spent $47 million on this “failure-to-pay” software at the insistence of Director Bill Newton and his assistant Rex McDowell, but over the last two fiscal years, the State has spend nearly $8 million for an employee time log-in system, which just a few years ago was called a time clock.

In Fiscal Year 2015, alone, the State spent a total of $4,074,027.51 on this system.
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First Lady Dianne Bentley Teams Up with Verizon Wireless to Raise Awareness of Domestic Violence

Staff Report

MONTGOMERY – First Lady Dianne Bentley and executives from Verizon Wireless on Wednesday announced continued efforts to raise awareness of the issue of domestic violence with the goal of empowering victims and eliminating the violence.

Mrs. Bentley will be featured in a public service announcement that will begin airing this week on television stations in Birmingham and Montgomery.  The public service announcement raises awareness of domestic violence and encourages people to donate their used phones to HopeLine.
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Alabama prisons chief orders review of Tutwiler

Staff Report

MONTGOMERY, Alabama – Department of Corrections Commissioner Kim Thomas told lawmakers today he is requesting a review of operations in response to a complaint alleging sexual abuse of inmates at Tutwiler Prison for Women.

“Of the nearly 4,000 correctional employees, overall a small number have violated their oath of office and the public. It is my pledge and goal to weed out all the bad apples,” Thomas told lawmakers.
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