MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama corrections officials will begin
releasing sick or dying prison inmates next month in order to save
millions in taxpayer dollars.

Prison commissioner Richard Allen said each of the inmates costs
the state $60,000 to $65,000 in medical costs.

He said about 125 of them will be eligible for the furloughs that will begin on Sept. 1.

But victims rights advocates say the program is too broad and they fear it will lead to dangerous criminals getting back on the streets.

There are about 25,000 inmates in Alabama prisons, and prisoners
eligible for the program are 55 or older and have life-threatening
illnesses.

Allen said those who are convicted of capital crimes and most sex crimes won't be eligible.

A Montgomery Advertiser review found 37 states have similar
programs.


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  • by Theodoshie Location: Alabama on Aug 23, 2008 at 11:26 AM
    Excellent proposal. Too many inmates incarcerated with unusually long sentences resulting from defendant's inability to provide adequate legal assistance.
  • by Debra Location: New Brockton on Aug 18, 2008 at 05:50 PM
    We need a lot of early release programs for our prison system(not capital crimes or sex offenders)because our prisons are over full andd most of them are drug offenders.The state of Alabama needs more rehab programs like Florida has and stop just locking them up and throwing the key away!Most people in prison for drugs have an addiction and need help,notjust locked up and ignored.I know cause I have a son in the system for drugs with a 40 year sentence and the others he got caught with are walking the streets.God knows my son needed help but he did not deserve his life to be taken away.Murders and rapist get less time than drug offenders in good ole south Alabama.And the Judges that do this need to be removed from office they just cost the tax payers more money to house all these people.I have spent 4 years fighting for my son and will continue to fight for him because he did not deserve what he got and I will fight this stupid system we have to the very end!Justthink it could be yours!
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