Alabama Incarceration Rates
According to a new study by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a nonprofit research organization in Washington, D.C. Alabama has one of the nation’s highest incarceration rates. The CBPP study finds Alabama is one of five states with more than 600 people in prison per every 100,000 residents. The state’s incarceration rate has jumped by 349 percent since 1978. The study also reports that in Alabama, a Prison Reform Task Force has met several times this year to study a wide range of potential prison alternatives and sentencing changes, with an eye toward recommending policy changes before the 2015 legislative session.