Alabama Governor Proposes Prison Closures, Consolidation

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Alabama Governor Robert Bentley in his Feb. 2 State of the State address in Montgomery announced plans to transform the state’s prison system. The governor hopes to modernize the system and improve public safety “through safe, secure, humane incarceration and effective, evidenced-based rehabilitation and re-entry services,” according to a statement by the Alabama Department of Corrections (DOC). The statement comes after nearly 10 months of planning and assessment by the DOC.

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N.C. Budget Proposal Includes Closing Five State Prisons

RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory recently put forth his proposed state budget for the 2013-2014 fiscal year, which includes closing five state prisons.

The $20.6 billion budget plan was revealed to the public in mid-March. While the bulk of the plan focuses on education, another portion seeks to close a handful of prisons in the state. The plan would save $20.3 million during the 2013-2014 fiscal year and $34.1 million for the 2014-2015 fiscal year, according to Kim Genardo, communication’s director for the governor’s office.

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