The Alabama Senate approves a $51 Million funding increase to the Alabama prison system. The state is attempting to comply with a federal court order to improve mental health care to inmates.
Governor Kay Ivey says the funding increase is critically important. She says, “The court has ruled quite clearly that we need more staff and correctional officers. We need better mental health care and mental health professionals. The judge is dead serious about getting this situation corrected.”
Senators voted in a 26 to 2 for the proposed general fund budget. It now moves to the Alabama House of Representatives.