Alabama Poised to Establish Prison Reform Task Force

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Alabama state senators hope their recent approval of a new task force will help determine the cause of the state’s growing prison overcrowding problem, and offer potential solutions. The resolution to develop the task force was sponsored by Sen. Cam Ward R-Alabaster, and, if also passed by the House, will create a 26-member group referred to as the Prison Reform Task Force.

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Ala. Leaders Discuss Possible Women’s Prison

ANNISTON, Ala. — Alabama is trying to make room for female inmates in Calhoun County, Ala., as local leaders are starting a new campaign to push for the creation of a new women’s state correctional facility.

The push for the new facility is in response to severe overcrowding and legal problems involving the current Tutwiler Prison for Women, the state’s only maximum-security prison for women. Tutwiler has made headlines for alleged crimes of sex abuse inside the prison that the government is currently investigating.

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