Gov. Riley wants the Legislature to focus on prison issues when it returns for its regular session starting January tenth. Riley says he'd like to have the first two weeks of the session devoted to a package of prison and sentencing recommendations developed by his Prison Crowding Task Force.
The group's recommendations focus on alternatives to incarceration, including more community corrections and transition centers for prisoners. The group also called for better drug treatment programs and improved information systems.
Riley had considered calling a special session of the Legislature to address the recommendations. But after talking with many legislators, he decided to wait until the regular session.