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Lawsuit filed in a bid to block Alabama's prison lease plan

Gov. Kay Ivey


A group has filed a lawsuit to block Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey's plan to lease private prisons.

The suit was filed on Tuesday and alleges the plan does not have the state legislature's approval. Supporters of the proposal see it as a partial solution to the state's troubled correctional system.

Attorney Kenny Mendelson filed the lawsuit in the Montgomery County Circuit Court on behalf of four plaintiffs.

Ivey's plan lays out a 30-year lease agreement with separate entities of private prison company CoreCivic. Her office is also negotiating with another company to build a third prison in Bibb County.

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