Ivey appoints John Hamm as Department of Corrections head

John Hamm

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey today announced the appointment of law enforcement veteran John Hamm to serve as the next Department of Correction commissioner.

Hamm is currently deputy secretary of the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency.

Current Department of Corrections Commissioner Jefferson Dunn, who has served nearly seven years in his position, is stepping down at the end of the month.

“For decades, the challenges of our state’s prison system have gone unaddressed and have grown more difficult as a result, but after assuming office, I committed to the people of Alabama that we would solve this once and for all,” Ivey said in a statement. “Commissioner Dunn and I have worked together to make many foundational changes, including getting the Alabama Prison Plan moving across the finish line, and I know this critical step will make a difference for decades to come.”

Hamm has more than 35 years of law enforcement experience.

“I am honored and humbled by Governor Ivey appointing me as commissioner of Corrections,” Hamm said in a statement. “I will work diligently with the men and women of DOC to fulfill Governor Ivey’s charge of solving the issues of Alabama’s prison system.”

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