Former Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard was taken into custody by the Alabama Department of Corrections on Wednesday to continue serving his four-year sentence.
Hubbard had been jailed at the Lee County Detention Center since Sept. 11 and was taken on Election Day to the Draper Quarantine Intake Facility, where the Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) houses inmates during an initial quarantine phase amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
ADOC spokeswoman Samantha Rose told APR that Hubbard was taken to Draper “for initial processing in the same manner in which every other new intake is currently processed.”
“As is the case with all ADOC inmates, inmate Hubbard is being housed in a manner that best ensures his safety. Upon completion of the mandatory quarantine process required for all new intakes, he will be transferred to his housing assignment,” Rose continued.
Rose said that ADOC does not provide details on new intake transfers from initial quarantine into the state’s prison system “or inmate housing assignments prior to transfer, as this information could compromise security.”
“However, we can confirm that inmate Hubbard will serve his sentence like any other inmate – there will be no preferential or special treatment extended to him,” Rose said.
In a response to APR‘s follow-up question as to whether Hubbard was still at the Draper Quarantine Intake Facility on Thursday, Rose said “Yes, that is my understanding.”
APR was unable to confirm whether Hubbard had been taken to Kilby Correctional Facility later on Wednesday, where an inmate told APR Hubbard was being housed in a solitary cell in the prison’s infirmary on Thursday.
On the inmate lookup portion of ADOC’s website Thursday, it stated that Hubbard’s custody status was “on-the-way” and that the institution he was to be in is the Draper facility.
Prior to turning himself in on Sept. 11, Hubbard had been out on bond for four years. The Alabama Supreme Court on Aug. 28 announced that the court had denied Hubbard’s appeal for a new hearing, and in April upheld six of Hubbard’s 11 convictions of using his office for personal gain.