3,000 Inmates to be Released if Ala. Budget Passed

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The state finance director says 3,000 non-violent Alabama prison inmates will have to be released if the Legislature adopts the General Fund budget proposed by Gov. Robert Bentley.

Finance Director David Perry told a joint meeting of the House and Senate judiciary committees that the cuts required in the governor's budget will force a reduction in the number of prison inmates.

Perry made the dire pronouncement Wednesday as members of the two judiciary committees were discussing a package of bills supported by Chief Justice Sue Bell Cobb that are aimed at reforming Alabama's sentencing procedures and reducing the number of prison inmates.

Perry told committee members that releasing prisoners because of sentencing reform would be "more responsible" than letting them go because of budget cuts.


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  • by Tina Location: Dothan on Apr 5, 2011 at 07:11 AM
    I'm sorry but I think they need to put all these "Violent" criminals on a island by itself with a electrifying fence and let them fend for their self.If you ever remember watching the movie , "Escape from LA"? well, there ya go.I'm sorry but my Son has a Father out there that owes a lot of money in back child support and I have taken him to court several times and He has gotten out several times, Why? because the jail does not have enough room for him. Bull! That's a bunch of bull in my opinion. They don't have enough cash to keep him there... now, tell me another reason.
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      by Ralph on Apr 9, 2011 at 06:26 PM in reply to Tina
      If he spent all his life in prison,what good would it do. Him staying in prison is not getting you your child support checks.You're just angry at him.And you have a right to be.It takes money to raise a child.You could get married again and your new husband could raise your child. I raised my step son.I've seen Randy's dad one time in 20 yrs. and then he was drunk. Your child's father is not violent, if he has not physically harmed you or your child. You want the tax payer to pay to keep your child's father in jail ? If you are a tax payer you would have to pay to keep him in jail, does this make sense to you ? He has a potential to be able to pay what he owes one day, if he's not locked up.
  • by Stephen Location: Hartford on Apr 2, 2011 at 10:45 PM
    Ralph, I guess Al Capone should have never served jail time then. Sure he killed and ordered the killing of numerous people buy he wasn't convicted of a violent crime...your point has no substance and has been proved wrong time after time. Prison's purpose is not only to keep society safe but primarily to PUNISH!!! ALL crimes deserve punishment. Everyone knows right from wrong and when you choose wrong you know that you run the risk of punishment. We wouldn't have as many people in prison today if we still punished them like we did in the 70s and 80s. Criminals don't fear short sentences...they fear 20 years.
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      by RALPH on Apr 3, 2011 at 08:36 PM in reply to Stephen
      Well Stephen, I've heard it from the horses mouth. Those non violent criminals don't give a rats a** how many years they stay behind bars.They get food, shelter, doctors visits,they're locked up and they get treated pretty good.They just pass off time living off the tax payer.The guy I talked to said after a while you get use to the place.Some people when they get out of prison can't function because there's no set schedule to do things. So they break probation,so they can go back in so they'll feel less stress.Putting non vioent criminals in prison is a waste of the tax dollar.If they feared long sentences they wouldn't do the crimes in the first place.
  • by Susan Location: Daleville on Apr 1, 2011 at 11:17 AM
    Before long we will live in a society with criminals and have children who can't receive an education unless their parents can buy it. What is going on with this world (or even nation)? Priorities are a thing of the past.
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      by Ralph on Apr 3, 2011 at 08:47 PM in reply to Susan
      We are living in a society with criminals. And we have children who can't get a education because of all the budget cuts.Teachers have only minimal tools to work with to teach our children. Sometimes they'll reach into their own pockets to buy supplies to teach with.Every body wants a dollar but no body wants to spend it where it would do the most good.
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        by Susan on Apr 4, 2011 at 06:45 AM in reply to Ralph
        I am a teacher...
  • by Robert Location: Dothan on Mar 31, 2011 at 08:15 PM
    A non violent crime is a crime that usually deserves rehabilitation rather than prison time but the state makes more money when you're in prison.Drug possession,dui's,trespassing,minor theft.These are types of non violent crimes.Not rape,murder,armed robbery,kidnapping.These are violent crimes.They usually decide who gets out by inmate behavior and time left on sentenance.Usually less than a year left so it's no big deal.
  • by Ralph Location: Florida on Mar 31, 2011 at 05:35 PM
    A non violent criminal is someone that was arrested for fraud,tax evasion,drug addicts,non payment of child support. Violent is someone that has raped,murdered,beat, shot someone,stabbed someone. In fact, I've never known why nonviolent criminals are put in jail. A lot of them have fines and court cost to pay, and how can they pay them locked up in jail. They need to be able to get a job and start paying for their crimes by monetary means, not prison.They could be kept track of by a ankle bracelet.
  • by Wes Location: Wicksburg on Mar 31, 2011 at 01:44 PM
    All of these "programs" that are being developed by COBB and COMPANY are having the same effect as appeals on death penalties: Criminals know that if given a death sentence that they will die of OLD AGE before being executed. The same with Drug Court, Jail defferal, community correctios, work release and all the other LIBERAL PROGRAMS to keep people OUT-OF-JAIL. Why fear jail if you KNOW that you will not be sentenced to JAIL. And why NOT committ a crime (which is easier than working for a living) if you know that you will not go to jail. I have been the vicim of several crimes and I am sick and tired of the court system treating ME as the criminal instead of the Criminal. Take all the money spent by liberal DO-GOODERS on these useless programs and build MORE JAILS.
  • by Terri Location: Enterprise on Mar 31, 2011 at 09:47 AM
    How will they decide who the 3000 non violent criminals are? I would also like to know what a non violent criminal is? Does someone decide this by their charges, and how much time they have already served on their sentence?
  • by Stephen Location: Hartford on Mar 30, 2011 at 09:57 PM
    Sounds like Perry and Sue Bell Cobb are trying to shove their agendas down our throats to me. Someone please explain to me what a "non violent" criminal is. I hope that Sue Bell Cobb isn't dumb enough to think that a particular crime defines the offender. A non violent crime doesn't mean a non violent offender. Sometimes non violent crimes are the only way to put violent criminals in prison. Apparently Perry and Cobb have never heard of Al Capone.
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      by shelia on Mar 2, 2012 at 06:55 PM in reply to Stephen
      ok ive read your comments i dont know if any of you have been to a state prison its not what pepole think it isi have a brother in ala state prison if the tax payers or paying for the tab there doing a bad job at it they dont get free food because they cant afford to feed them they dont get free medical they have to pay to see a prison nurse not a doc plus if ala didnt have the worst sentencen laws our prison system would not be overcrowed to start with our state law system has been over sentencen that the reason we or so overcrowd all there trying to change is the percentage law to lessen there sentence for the one wanting child support get a job and do your part if he in jail you still not gonna get cs
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