State leaders have lost their credibility on prisons

November 29, 2017

By Rep. Craig Ford

With all the attention being given to the special election for the U.S. Senate, you may not have seen what has been happening in Montgomery with the prison crisis.

Last year, Gov. Bentley proposed a plan to build four new “super prisons” at a cost of about $800 million. At the time, a lawsuit had been filed claiming that the state’s prisons were overcrowded and did not provide adequate safety and healthcare services, which is a violation of the 8th Amendment that prohibits “cruel and unusual punishment.”

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Prison healthcare provider steps forward to meet Alabama’s challenge

August 9, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Earlier this summer, US Federal District Judge Myron H. Thompson declared the mental health care system in Alabama prisons to be “horrendously inadequate.” It is likely Judge Thompson will soon rule that Alabama must improve all health care services for inmates at State Correctional facilities. His ruling already has State lawmakers scrambling to find a solution that both meets Judge Thompson’s orders while offering healthcare that is affordable. One company, Centurion, LLC, ready to accept the challenge.
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Alabama’s prison problem: Gambling, taxes and lawsuits

June 28, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

The reckoning day is here.

After ignoring years of warnings and threats from activists and federal officials over Alabama’s abhorrent prison situation – they are simultaneously overcrowded, understaffed, thoroughly unable and/or unwilling to provide adequate mental health and health care services and decrepit – the first shoe dropped Tuesday morning, when Federal Judge Myron Thompson issued a lengthy ruling excoriating the prison’s mental health services.
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