Governor Ivey Provides Update on Next Steps to Facilitate Statewide Prison Reform

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Posted on April 18, 2019

MONTGOMERY – Governor Kay Ivey and the Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) are pleased that several developers have demonstrated interest in response to ADOC’s request for Expression of Interest (EOIs) to improve the state’s prison infrastructure.

“Gaining momentum toward revitalizing Alabama’s prisons is imperative, and generating interest is a crucial first step in this process. I’m very pleased with the interest expressed so far, and we’re only at the preliminary stage in the process,” Governor Ivey said. “We must resolve the systemic issues within Alabama’s prison system, especially in light of the U.S. Department of Justice’s recent report. While working closely alongside ADOC, I’m fully committed to propelling this plan forward to not only eradicate these systemic issues, but also keeping the deciding power in Alabama, not at the will of the federal courts. This is an Alabama problem that must have an Alabama solution.”

The EOI process was used simply to generate interest amongst qualified developer teams potentially to be involved in the state’s upcoming procurement process. The EOI process also helps in the development of ideas and feedback for the state’s expected strategy for the proposed prison revitalization plan.

Developers who have already formally expressed interest to ADOC include (in alphabetical order):

  • CoreCivic
  • Corrections Consultants, LLC
  • Plenary
  • Provident Resources Group
  • Star America

EOI submissions are not mandatory nor obligatory for participation in the procurement process.

“We absolutely invite others from Alabama and across the country to participate in this historic change for our state’s prison system,” Governor Ivey added.

“The Governor’s Office, my staff and the project team are pleased with the responses received regarding the proposed prison revitalization plan. We are poised to make informed decisions going forward as we formalize the procurement process,” ADOC Commissioner Jeff Dunn said. “We anticipate that there will be more participation as we proceed.”

The request for EOIs was initially posted on Wednesday, March 27 on the ADOC website at www.doc.state.al.us and on the Alabama Building Commission (ABC) website at www.bc.alabama.gov. As indicated in the request for EOIs, this procurement method seeks for developer teams to provide all scope – including land, utilities and furniture, fixtures and equipment (FF&E) – for three turnkey build-to-suit prisons to be leased to the ADOC.

The next step is for the state to issue a Request for Qualifications (RFQ), which is expected to be issued in the second quarter of 2019.

Interested parties may continue submitting questions regarding the procurement process to:

Pat Williams – HPM // pwilliams@hpmleadership.com

Two Metroplex Dr., Suite 300

Birmingham, AL 35209

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About Alabama’s Prison Revitalization Plan:

Alabama is revitalizing its corrections system by replacing prison facilities that pose the greatest risk to public safety, place the largest financial burdens on taxpayers and inhibit development of programs for inmate rehabilitation. Governor Kay Ivey is leading the charge on improving the state’s prison infrastructure and on reducing public safety risks. The Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) is working with Alabama-based public works professionals, HPM – which has partnered with national prison and correctional system experts, CGL. These improvements are part of Alabama’s commitment to reduce overcrowding and facilitate statewide prison reform. Statewide prison reform will save money, make prisons safer and improve public safety.