Montez Butler gets 10 years in prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm

November 17, 2017

By Staff
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, November 16, 2017 U.S. Attorney Louis V. Franklin Sr. announced that Keyon Montez Butler (24) of Montgomery, Alabama was sentenced to 120 months in federal prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm.  Federal law prohibits a person convicted of a felony from possessing firearms or ammunition. Butler was found guilty of the charge after a trial that took place in June 2017.

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ADOC opens bidding for firm to develop a comprehensive plan for prison projects

November 6, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

The Alabama Department of Corrections is opening bidding for a team to oversee a comprehensive plan to improve the state’s corrections infrastructure — just months after the department’s own plan to build four new mega-prisons, dubbed the Alabama Prison Transformation Initiative, died in the final days of the legislative session.

The request for qualifications seeks a “project management team” to oversee the development of a comprehensive plan to renovate existing ADOC prison and potentially build new facilities in the future. The request also calls for the team to plan renovations to existing mental health facilities or plan construction of new facilities that will be required as part of a settlement in the mental health lawsuit facing the state’s prison system.

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A year after his felony conviction Hubbard remains free, ethics laws in jeopardy

June 13, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

As the word “guilty” rang out twelve times in a Lee County courtroom on the evening of June 10, 2016, Alabama’s political world was rendered breathless as if dropped to the canvas by a body blow to the liver.

The conviction of Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard, who led Alabama’s Republican party from the backwoods of political power to an overwhelming supermajority in the State House and Senate, was a singularly dark moment in the State’s history. Yet, the date marking one year since he was found guilty of felony public corruption charges passed, seemly without notice.
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Senate passes bill allowing release of prisoners for medical reasons

March 15, 2017

Sam Mattison
Alabama Political Reporter

The Alabama Senate passed a bill Tuesday that would allow the release of prisoners under certain medical conditions.

The bill would require the Department of Corrections to publish an annual list of inmates that have been in an infirmary or in a physician’s care for more than 30 days. From this list, the department would evaluate each inmate’s eligibility for release.

Eligibility for release includes meeting two conditions.
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Prison fellowship changes lives

February 13, 2017

By Sen. Cam Ward

Life has its ups and downs. Sometimes only when we get outside of our own little bubble and experience something different can we truly appreciate all the challenges the world can offer. If we choose to hide our faces from uncomfortable subjects, it can lead to a much more narrow view of the world.

As a member of the National Faith and Justice Fellowship of the Prison Fellowship, I recently attended our Board of Directors meeting in Washington, D.C. This diverse group of United States Senators, Congressmen, Governors, and State Legislators gathered to discuss new ideas about how to help bring more Christian-based principles into our criminal justice system. The meeting was timely, as it coincided with the annual National Day of Prayer.
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Tea Party groups welcome back Legislature

February 8, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, February 8, the 2017 Alabama Legislative Session has begun, and Tea Party leaders from across the State were on hand to greet them and press legislators on a variety of conservative issues.

Dr. Lou Campomenosi with the Common Sense Campaign of Alabama urged all groups to oppose Alabama Governor Robert Bentley’s $800 million prison plan, “Make sure all State Tea Party groups are working in tandem on this.”
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$800 million prison construction plan to be a top priority in 2017 session

February 7, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY — Gov. Robert Bentley’s plan to build four new State prisons through an $800 million bond issue will be a top priority for legislators with the start of the 2017 Regular Session today.

On Tuesday, Sen. Cam Ward, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, proposed a 2017 version of the bill that is relatively unchanged from last year’s version. The legislation was delivered to the State House Friday by the Governor’s Legislative Liaison and was proposed, unchanged, Ward said.
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Don Siegelman to be freed as early as Wednesday

February 7, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, February 7, 2017, the friends and family of former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman (D) announced that the Governor could return home as soon as Wednesday. The former Governor will remain on strict probation until his sentence runs out this summer. Siegelman’s supporters have been asking that the former Governor be pardoned by the Administration of Barack H. Obama (D). That motion was denied literally in the last hours of the Obama Administration.
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2017 Legislative Session preview

February 2, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Tuesday, February 7, the Alabama 2017 regular legislative session begins. Almost anything can happen when the Alabama legislature is in session and this session is no different. Here are a few of the issues facing our State Legislators.

1) Medicaid needs more money. Anybody who has been paying any attention at all the past five years knows that Alabama Medicaid has an unquenchable thirst for more and more State resources. Alabama Medicaid Commissioner Stephanie Azar was in Montgomery recently reporting of yet another impending Medicaid crisis. The Bentley Administration is hoping that the Federal government will simply block grant the State their share of the Medicaid money with no pesky strings attached about who gets coverage, deductibles, etc. However, with US Senate Democrats filibustering and delaying even routine cabinet appointees, the idea that any meaningful entitlement reforms will pass out of Congress to even get to President Donald J. Trump’s desk seems unlikely. Unless US Senate Republicans can do this through the budget process it looks like the State may still have to offer the same minimum level of benefits, the RCO plan appears to be on the operating table in its death throes, and the State is likely to be facing yet another State General Fund crisis………but did anyone really expect any different from Alabama under the Bentley Administration. Read More

Zeigler Promotes Alternative to Enormously Expensive Bentley Prison Plan

January 30, 2017

By Brandon Moseley

Monday, January 30, 2017 Alabama State Auditor Jim Zeigler (R) will present his alternative to solve Alabama’s prison overcrowding to the Prison Reform Committee Monday.

The committee meeting will be at 10:00 a.m. in room 325 of the Statehouse.

State Auditor Jim Zeigler is promoting his ‘Plan Z’ as “a cheaper and faster way to alleviate current inmate overcrowding.” Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (R) for the second straight year is promoting an extreme proposal he is calling the Alabama Prison Transformation Initiative (APTI). The Bentley Administration wants to borrow an incredible $800 million to build four mega-prisons and close 14 of Alabama’s existing prisons. Read More

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