13, Mar 2015 - Firm Told Poor Pay Up or Go to Jail, Suit Claims
A suit says the largest private probation firm in Alabama threatened poor residents with jail unless they paid court fines.
08, Feb 2015 - Tuscaloosa, AL Bentley: Leaders face tough decisions on prisons, budgets
MONTGOMERY — Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley began his second term Monday by promising to address difficult budget, prison and health care issues facing the state and vowing he will leave of legacy of change.
08, Feb 2015 - Alabama Judge's Gay Marriage Letter Draws Ethics Complaint
A civil rights group has filed a complaint against Alabama's Supreme Court Chief Justice for his comments urging judges not to perform gay marriages.
12, Oct 2014 - Judge's Credibility In Question After Domestic Abuse Arrest
A federal judge in Alabama is facing mounting calls for his resignation. U.S. District Judge Mark Fuller was arrested in August for allegedly beating his wife.
12, Oct 2014 - Etowah, AL Man convicted of killing Geontae Glass, 5, is getting new trial
ETOWAH CO., Ala. (WHNT) – A man convicted of killing his girlfriend’s young son in Etowah County is getting a new trial. Kevin Towles has been on death row since 2009, but a ruling by the Alabama Supreme Court is giving him another chance. The Court said on Friday Towles’ capital murder conviction and death […]
12, Oct 2014 - Montgomery, AL Jury to decide fate of former Alabama official
A jury will begin deliberations Friday in the trial of a former Alabama Department of Education official accused of using her position to provide millions to the company that employed her husband.
12, Oct 2014 - Covington, AL More than half of AL inmates remain behind bars after parole date
As the state's prisons sit at 200% capacity, the Alabama Prison Reform Task Force may have found, in part, a solution for the woefully under funded system, in a place the committee likely expected: The Department of Pardons and Paroles.
12, Oct 2014 - Jefferson, AL Settlement reached in Jefferson County water pollution case
A settlement has been reached in an Alabama water pollution case.According to a news release, Black Warrior Riverkeeper reached a successful settlement in their case against Alabama Utility Services (AUS), the operator of Donaldson Correctional Facility's sewage treatment plant.The settlement includes injunctive relief (a court order requiring steps to curtail pollution) and a $100,000 ...
12, Oct 2014 - Sumter, AL Convicted church arsonists in Alabama may get out of prison early
A Bibb County judge has decided that two men convicted of burning several rural Alabama churches in 2006 can be released from state prison early. But that doesn't mean they will be getting out immediately. Bibb County Judge Marvin Wiggins reduced the sentences to time already served for 29-year-old Matthew Cloyd and 28-year-old Benjamin Moseley. Moseley's attorney, Bill Clark, says judges in ...
12, Oct 2014 - Judge weighs ending ban on newspaper publication
BIRMINGHAM (AP) — An Alabama judge is considering whether to lift his order blocking the Montgomery Advertiser from publishing material from a utility company document. During a hearing Monday, attorneys for the paper asked Jefferson County Circuit Judge Robert S. Vance to end the ban. They say it's unconstitutional prior restraint. Lawyers for Alabama Gas Corp. argue the paper received a gas ...
12, Oct 2014 - Shelby, AL Fuller won't say if he'll resign over assault case
BIRMINGHAM — A lawyer for an Alabama federal judge isn't saying whether the judge will step down over his arrest in a domestic violence case.
12, Oct 2014 - Montgomery, AL Alabama arrests down but prison crowding remains
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A group studying overcrowding in Alabama's prisons has found that arrests are declining and sentences are getting shorter. But Alabama's prisons remain at nearly double their designed capacity. The Council of State Governments Justice Center presented the statistics to the Alabama Prison Reform Task Force. Research manager Andrew Barbee says felony arrests declined about ...
12, Oct 2014 - Montgomery, AL Alabama Law Putting Teens on Trial For Abortion Fought
An Alabama law that can put teenagers seeking an abortion on trial, with their parents questioning them, should be blocked because it’s unconstitutional, the American Civil Liberties Union said.
12, Oct 2014 - ACLU sues to block Alabama underage abortion hearings law
By Jonathan Kaminsky (Reuters) - The American Civil Liberties Union on Wednesday sued to block a recently enacted Alabama law requiring special court hearings for girls seeking legal abortions without parental consent. Under the law, which took effect in July, underage females seeking abortions in the state without parental approval are subject to hearings where prosecutors represent the state ...
12, Oct 2014 - Sumter, AL Convicted Church Arsonists Could Be Released Early
Two men convicted of burning numerous churches in Alabama, including several in West Alabama, could soon be released from prison early.