Some Alabama Prisons Are Overcrowding
Alabama prisons are among the most crowded in the nation and one that state politicians fear will put the state in danger of federal intervention. Alabama prisons were built to hold 13,000 inmates. They house over 25,000. In an effort to relieve crowding, Alabama lawmakers, this spring approved changes to sentencing and probation standards as well as a bond issue for additional prison beds. The changes include the creation of a lower level felony class and the planned hiring of 100 probation officers.