New Bill Proposed as Alternate Plan to Relieve Prison Overcrowding

Friday, March 31, 2017


Two Alabama lawmakers are proposing a bill that would serve as an alternative to Governor Bentley’s construction plan to relieve prison overcrowding. The measure, sponsored by Representative Johnny Morrow and Representative Allen Farley, would pay sheriffs to house 1500 inmates in county jails instead of building new state prisons. The governor’s legislative director says the proposal is flawed and would not improve prison conditions. However Morrow says some counties have room for state inmates and others could use the revenue to finance jail construction projects. The legislators are still drafting the bill and will present it formally when they return from spring break.


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