Alabama DOC to take over women's transition center

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Alabama's Board of Pardons and Paroles
is turning over its transition center for women paroled from the
state prison system to the state Department of Corrections.

Corrections Commissioner Richard Allen says his department will
be in control of the center by July.

The center, which opened six years ago, is less than a mile from
the Julia Tutwiler Prison for Women, which is under court order to
keep its population at no more than 700.

The center was designed to relieve overcrowding in Tutwiler and
give women paroled from the prison system vocational training, drug
treatment, and other tools to make it on the outside.

Pardons and Paroles Board chairman Bill Wynne says the program
hasn't been able to fill its classes with parolable women.

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