Gov. Robert Bentley has announced an attempt to overhaul the state's severely overcrowded prison system.
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.
The review comes after a series of stark criticisms. The Department of Justice has called conditions unconstitutional at Alabama's only prison for women.
Prisons officials are adding surveillance cameras at Tutwiler prison and taking steps to increase some privacy for female prisoners.
In a report released this year, the U.S. Department of Justice criticized the operations of the Julia Tutwiler Prison for Women.
The report said the facility was not suited for housing female offenders since it offered them little privacy to shower, use the bathroom and had numerous blind spots that could make it possible for sexual activity to go undetected.