© 2021 Alabama Public Radio

920 Paul Bryant Drive
Digital Media Center
Gate 61 35487

(800) 654-4262
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00
0:00
Available On Air Stations
News

Ivey special session call focused on prison construction

elmore_prison.jpg

Gov. Kay Ivey has called a special session to focus on prison construction as a solution to the state's ongoing correctional problems.

Lawmakers were asked on Thursday to return to Montgomery on Monday to discuss a $1.3 billion prison construction plan. The plan will use $400 million from the state's virus relief funds to help build three new prisons throughout the state and renovate the others.

Ivey has also asked legislators to vote on bills that would make sentencing and supervision changes retroactive.

Advocacy groups and some lawmakers have argued that new buildings will not fix the issues with Alabama's prisons.