BENTLEY ANNOUNCES PRISON REFORMS
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Gov. Robert Bentley wants to borrow $800 million to build four large prisons to replace Alabama’s aging and overcrowded prisons.
Bentley gave details Tuesday about the construction project he first announced in his State of the State address.
The proposed legislation asks lawmakers to approve an $800 million bond issue and change bid law so design and construction work can be awarded through one contract.
Bentley has said he believes the Department of Corrections can pay for the bond issue out of savings.
The three men’s prisons would house at least 3,500 inmates each. The fourth would replace Tutwiler Prison for Women, which was the subject of a federal abuse investigation.
The governor says he hopes to begin construction in 2017 and have the prisons open within three years.