The death penalty in Alabama was reinstated on March 25, 1976 when Governor George Wallace signed a new death penalty statute.
The new statute was for Alabama to comply with Furman v. Georgia, which was the 1972 case in which the United States Supreme Court ruled that death-penalty statutes that were in existence were unconstitutional.
The ruling effectively banned capital punishment until 1976.
Housing Death Row Inmates
Holman Correctional Facility has a male death row that originally had a capacity of 20, but was later expanded in the summer of 2000.
The William E. Donaldson Correctional Facility has a male death row with a capacity of 24. Donaldson’s death row houses prisoners who need to stay in the Birmingham judicial district.
Julia Tutwiler Prison for Women houses female inmates on death row.