Judge rules fired corrections officer must be reinstated

Judge rules fired corrections officer must be reinstated

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - An officer who was fired by the Alabama Department of Corrections is back on the job.

Cornelius Simpson was fired from his post at Kilby Correctional Facility in 2016 after he was accused of assaulting an inmate. He was charged with second-degree assault.

A Montgomery County grand jury no-billed the case, indicating there was not sufficient evidence to warrant criminal prosecution. A judge then ruled that Simpson must be reinstated as a correctional officer.

Simpson's attorney, Julian McPhillips, said the case is proof of a troubled and overcrowded prison system. He called for an immediate overhaul.

"As a result of this mularky, which has resulted in anarchy and chaos in the department of corrections, we are calling on the new governor, Miss Kay Ivey, to remove the current commissioner Jefferson Dunn," McPhillips said.

The judge also awarded Simpson back pay for his wrongful termination.

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