Ala. Judges Push for Rehabilitation Programs

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) - Alabama judges are urging state lawmakers to offer new rehabilitation programs to the state's prisoners.

Alabama Chief Justice Sue Bell Cobb convened a three-day meeting in Montgomery this week to find ways to reduce jail overcrowding while still enforcing Alabama's laws.

Cobb has said that Alabama's prisons are operating at 195 percent of capacity.

Madison County Presiding Circuit Judge Karen Hall said she is rethinking how to sentence young offenders after attending the conference and touring several prisons.

She said she favors the addition of work camps, boot camps and halfway houses to bolster the state's alternative sentencing system.

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