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Lawmakers approve prison construction plan that includes $400M from Covid relief

Governor Ivey signed the bill.
Published: Sep. 29, 2021 at 4:17 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 1, 2021 at 11:47 AM CDT
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - The Alabama Legislature approved a bill allowing the state to use $400 million of Covid relief money to build new prisons.

The Senate passed the Prison Reform Bill Friday morning.

The House passed it Wednesday.

Governor Kay Ivey released this statement: “I’m pleased the Prison Infrastructure Bill Package has passed the Alabama Senate with strong support. Our senators have worked hard to be solution-seekers to these long-standing challenges. I greatly appreciate Chairman Greg Albritton for his leadership in moving this package through the Senate. I look forward to signing these bills as soon as possible.”

UDATE: Governor Ivey signed the bill Friday afternoon.

Legislators also decided on a prison construction plan that includes two new prisons in Elmore and Escambia counties and the possibility of rebuilding Tutwiler Prison in Wetumpka.

Governor Kay Ivey on Wednesday released the following statement regarding the passage of the Prison Infrastructure Bill Package in the Alabama House of Representatives:

“Addressing our decades-long prison infrastructure challenges is not easy, but sometimes, doing the right thing and the hard thing are one in the same. This is not a victory lap because there is more legislative work to be done this week; this is the halfway point for the prison construction bills. I am extremely proud of the members of the Alabama House of Representatives for their hard work and support. Chairman Steve Clouse has proven instrumental in crafting the bills, moving them through committee and carrying them on the floor. The work done today will help lead to solutions that will greatly benefit all Alabamians for decades to come. I offer my sincerest thanks to the members, and I continue to offer any resource needed in the next few days to get this across the finish line.”

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