By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter
Whether or not the State should borrow $800+ million to build four new massive prisons, has been one of the most discussed topics in Montgomery this legislative session. Alabama prisons have been overcrowded, understaffed, underfunded, and poorly maintained, for decades. Governor Robert Bentley has been promoting this ambitious prison building project as part of his controversial Great State 2020 Plan.
On Saturday, inmates at the Holman State Prison in Atmore got into a fight in their dorms. When the prison guards entered to restore order, the prisoners stabbed a guard and Warden Carter Davenport. Reportedly a 100 inmates were involved in the riot that followed, in which they started a fire. The prisoners, who apparently have contraband phones, posted pictures and video from the event to their YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter accounts. The Corrections Department rushed three Correctional Emergency Response Teams (CERT) to the troubled prison, and eventually, order was restored.