Ala. AG Talks Solutions to Prison Crowding

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -- Alabama's attorney general says the
state's prisons are overcrowded, meaning officials may have to find
ways to release some prisoners who aren't likely to commit violent
crimes.

Attorney General Luther Strange made the remarks in Washington
during a panel held by the Federalist Society, which is a
conservative think tank.

The Birmingham News reports (http://bit.ly/toG5nz ) that Strange
said releasing some prisoners could take pressure off cash-strapped
budgets, especially with a prison population that's at about 195
percent capacity.

However, Strange says such a move would be unpopular and likely
would need to be done along with other mandates. For instance, he
says the state could require that death row inmates be executed
sooner. Officials also could ensure prisoners who are likely to
commit further crimes serve their full sentences.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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