The city of Hoover may soon start housing federal inmates in its city jail.

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Most people assume prisons are dangerous places. But Alabama prisons with the highest levels of inmate-on-inmate violence aren't necessarily the state facilities with the


worst reputations. According to a Birmingham News analysis of figures from the state Department of Corrections.
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File picture of Limetone Correctional Facility in Alabama.

 

Dozens of Alabama prison inmates have been transferred, after a tornado damaged a Limestone County prison.
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Published: Tuesday, January 17, 2012, 8:10 AM

 

BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA. -- Four Birmingham-area men recently released from federal prisons sat in a jury box last Wednesday inside the Hugo L. Black U.S. Courthouse and listened to U.S. District Judge Karon O. Bowdre explain a new program aimed at keeping them out of trouble -- and prison -- again.

All four men had been identified through a ranking system to be among those at highest risk to commit another crime.

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Published: Sunday, January 15, 2012, 8:30 AM     Updated: Sunday, January 15, 2012, 9:52 AM By Kent Faulk -- The Birmingham News

Image of hands holding a bagful of crack cocaine.

The Fair Sentencing Act of 2010 changed how judges sentenced felons for crack cocaine offenses as compared to those sentences for crimes involving powdered cocaine. (The Associated Press

BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA -- Willie Thomas Morris left the federal prison at Talladega a free man on Nov. 8 after having served about two-thirds of a nine-year and two-month sentence for his conviction on gun and crack cocaine charges.

"His family was very happy to have him back home, especially before the holidays," said Scott Brower, the Birmingham lawyer who had represented Morris after he was charged.

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The Alabama Sentencing Commission is developing a plan for truth in sentencing. (AP Photo)

Published: Monday, July 04, 2011, 7:45 AM

By Katherine Sayre, Press-Register

MOBILE, Alabama -- One night last year, Carl Demetrius Smith pointed a gun at a Circle K clerk in west Mobile, tried and failed to steal cash, and ran away with an 18-pack of Bud Light, according to prosecutors.

Smith, 43, was out on parole at the time, having served less than half of a 20-year sentence for carjacking — one of about 2,800 people released on parole every year. He’s now back in prison, finishing his time.

In Alabama, it’s usually hard to know how long prison sentences will last. Inmates can shave off years for good behavior or be granted early release.

In a quiet process with far-reaching consequences, the Alabama Sentencing Commission — a panel of judges, lawyers and corrections officials created a decade ago — is working to establish clear rules for how long criminals spend behind bars.

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