Alabama Department of Corrections

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Alabama Department of Corrections
Abbreviation ADOC
Seal of the Alabama Department of Corrections.svg
Agency overview
Formed February 3, 1983
Legal personality Governmental: Government agency
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdiction* State of Alabama, USA
Map of USA AL.svg
Map of Alabama Department of Corrections's jurisdiction.
Size 52,419 square miles (135,760 km2)
Population 4,661,900 (2008 est.)[1]
General nature
Operational structure
Headquarters Montgomery, Alabama
Agency executive Richard Allen, Commissioner
ADOC Website
* Divisional agency: Division of the country, over which the agency has usual operational jurisdiction.

The Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC), is the agency responsible for incarceration of convicted felons in the state of Alabama in the United States. It is headquartered in the Alabama Criminal Justice Center in Montgomery.[2][3]


Alabama prisoners were involved in farming since the 1840s. Throughout its history prisoners in the system farmed fields. In 2007 the prison system ended its farming programs, rendering many prisoners idle.[4]


The Alabama Criminal Justice Center houses the headquarters of the Department of Corrections and the Department of Public Safety

All female inmates entering ADOC are sent to the receiving unit in the Tutwiler Prison for Women.[5]

Death row[edit]

Holman Correctional Facility has a male death row that originally had a capacity of 20, but was later expanded in the summer of 2000.[6] The William E. Donaldson Correctional Facility has a male death row with a capacity of 24.[7] Donaldson's death row houses prisoners who need to stay in the Birmingham judicial district.[8] Julia Tutwiler Prison for Women houses the female death row.[9] All executions occur at Holman.[6]


Fallen officers[edit]

Since the establishment of the Alabama Department of Corrections, 9 officers have died in the line of duty.[10]

Officer Date of Death Details
Correctional Officer Robert E. Kendricks
Monday, March 29, 1971
Correctional Officer Luell W. Barrow
Friday, January 18, 1974
Lieutenant Luther F. Fails
Tuesday, March 12, 1974
Correctional Officer William E. Donaldson
Friday, January 12, 1990
Warden Charles Andrew Farquhar Jr.
Sunday, October 23, 1994
Correctional Officer William F. Immer
Friday, July 4, 1997
Automobile accident
Correctional Officer Teresia Wheeler
Monday, October 1, 2001
Heart attack
Correctional Officer Elizabeth Franklin
Friday, December 7, 2007
Correctional Officer Rodney Kelley
Friday, October 3, 2008
Automobile accident
Correctional Officer Desi Arnez Patterson
Thursday, January 30, 2014
Automobile accident



  1. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for the United States, Regions, States, and Puerto Rico: April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2008". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2009-02-01. 
  2. ^ "Correctional Facility Directory." Alabama Department of Corrections. Retrieved on December 8, 2009. "Administrative Office 301 S. Ripley/P O Box 301501 Montgomery"
  3. ^ "ADMINISTRTIVE [sic] REGULATION OPR: COMMUNITY CORRECTIONS NUMBER 490." Alabama Department of Corrections. Retrieved on October 8, 2010. "Alabama Criminal Justice Center 301 S. Ripley Street P. O. Box 301501 Montgomery, AL 36130-1501."
  4. ^ Baggett, Connie. "Prison farms are up for sale." Press-Register. Tuesday July 1, 2008. Retrieved on July 4, 2011.
  5. ^ "Tutwiler Prison for Women." Alabama Department of Corrections. Retrieved on July 20, 2010.
  6. ^ a b "Annual Report Fiscal Year 2003." Alabama Department of Corrections. 33/84. Retrieved on August 15, 2010. "which also included a cellblock for 20 death row inmates." and "The death chamber is located at Holman where all executions are conducted." and "A major addition was completed in the summer of 2000 to add 200 single cells to the segregation unit. This addition was required to keep up with the increasing number of inmates on Death Row which had grown to more than 150."
  7. ^ "Annual Report Fiscal Year 2003." Alabama Department of Corrections. 21/84. Retrieved on August 15, 2010. "Donaldson has a death row unit with a capacity of 24 inmates."
  8. ^ "Donaldson Correctional Facility." Alabama Department of Corrections. Retrieved on October 8, 2010.
  9. ^ "Annual Report Fiscal Year 2003." Alabama Department of Corrections. 45/84. Retrieved on August 15, 2010. "Tutwiler also has a death row,"
  10. ^ The Officer Down Memorial Page

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