Alabama prison overcrowding http://apr.org en Study Begins On Alabama Prison Overhaul http://apr.org/post/study-begins-alabama-prison-overhaul <p></p><p>Gov. Robert Bentley has announced an attempt to overhaul the state's severely overcrowded prison system.</p><p>Bentley said Tuesday the state's prisons are filled to nearly twice their collective capacity. The Justice Reinvestment Initiative, a partnership between the Pew Charitable Trusts and the Department of Justice, will examine the system and suggest reforms.</p><p>The review comes after a series of stark criticisms. The Department of Justice has called conditions unconstitutional at Alabama's only prison for women.</p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 21:05:21 +0000 The Associated Press 53634 at http://apr.org Study Begins On Alabama Prison Overhaul Gov. Bentley Opponent Calls For Releasing Inmates http://apr.org/post/gov-bentley-opponent-calls-releasing-inmates <p></p><p>A prison guard running against Gov. Robert Bentley says Alabama's prison system is at risk of a federal takeover because of severe overcrowding.</p><p>At a news conference Thursday in Montgomery, Stacy George said that if elected, he would create a second parole board like Gov. Bob Riley did to expedite the parole of non-violent inmates. George said he will ask the Legislature to repeal the habitual offender law that provides for longer sentences for repeat offenders and he will make the repeal retroactive. He says that could reduce the prison population by more than one-fourth.</p> Thu, 15 May 2014 21:11:48 +0000 The Associated Press 52040 at http://apr.org Gov. Bentley Opponent Calls For Releasing Inmates Ala. Officials Consider Jail Overcrowding Proposal http://apr.org/post/ala-officials-consider-jail-overcrowding-proposal <p>In response to concerns about jail overcrowding, state officials are considering a proposal to move some female inmates into a shuttered facility in Jefferson County.<br> Thu, 13 Jun 2013 11:23:03 +0000 The Associated Press 32271 at http://apr.org Ala. Officials Consider Jail Overcrowding Proposal