Prison Legislation

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Alabama lawmakers are set to vote on a budget that provides money for 500 additional correctional officers as the state seeks to stave off a federal lawsuit over prison violence.

The House of Representatives on Tuesday will take up the general fund budget that includes funding for the Department of Corrections’ request for more officers.

The Department of Justice last week issued scathing findings condemning Alabama prisons for high rates of violence.

Ebony Howard, a senior supervising attorney with the Southern Poverty Law Center, says that 500 officers is an inadequate number.

In a letter to the governor, the organization suggests Alabama add funding for 1,100 officers this year and next year. The organization says the state should also implement sentencing reform and replace the two worst state prisons.

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4/9/2019 1:31:54 PM (GMT -5:00)

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