State prisons holding nearly double of capacity of inmates
Corrections officer Cody Farrar monitors cameras in the control room of the Florence-Lauderdale Work Release. Some prosecutors fear that even if the Department of Corrections budget is not reduced, the state will still have to reduce the number of convicts being sent to prison to avoid compounding the overcrowding problem and running afoul of federal judges who could order a mass release of inmates.
Posted: Saturday, March 10, 2012 12:00 am
With Alabama’s prisons housing almost twice as many inmates as they were designed to hold, Shoals prosecutors said, they expect state officials will order them to seek alternative sentences for more convicts.
Alternatives to prison could include court-ordered drug rehabilitation programs, work release and allowing convicts to serve their sentence outside of a penitentiary under the supervision of court officers in their community.
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