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Sep 27 - Alabama eyes using pandemic relief funds on prison system
 

 
Alabama lawmakers are spearheading an effort to use coronavirus pandemic relief funds to help the state’s beleaguered prison system.

State lawmakers opened a special session on Monday to consider a $1.3 billion construction plan that would use federal funds to partially finance building three new prisoners and renovating others, according to The a*sociated Press, after the Department of Justice (DOJ) released a report last year that found that correction officers in the state used excessive force on prisoners in a number of incidents.

The proposal, which has the backing of Gov. Kay Ivey (R), specifically calls for using $400 million from the funds Alabama received from the American Rescue Plan, which President Biden signed in March, to pay for the construction.

Specifically, the plan calls for creating at least three new prisons: one in Elmore County with at least 4,000 beds and enhanced room for medical and mental health necessities, another facility with at least 4,000 beds in Escambia County and a women’s prison, according to the AP.

It also recommends making renovations to overcrowded facilities that are currently in existence.

Republican state legislative leaders have said they believe they can use the funding from the American Rescue Plan because it said states are allowed to use it to replace revenue lost during the pandemic, to bolster support for important public services and to help maintain jobs, the AP reported.

Critics, however, argue that the issues within Alabama's prisons are more than building conditions, and encourage the state to consider broader reforms, according to the AP. They also contended that the state should not put pandemic federal funding dollars towards building prisons.

The special session comes after the DOJ released a report in July 2020 that said Alabama corrections officers frequently used excessive and sometimes deadly force, in violation of inmates’ constitutional rights.

The poor behavior reportedly occurred in 12 out of 13 prisoners that the DOJ looked into.

Investigators said they found “reasonable cause to believe that the uses of excessive force occurring within Alabama’s prisons give rise to systemic unconstitutional conditions.”

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 4 weeks ago '15        #2
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Of course Alabama would appropriate public health funds to bolstering up their prison system.
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 4 weeks ago '14        #3
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Instead of using the money to help people…. They’re trying to repurpose the money to keep poor people (mainly Black people) locked him.

Republican racist a*s politics.

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 4 weeks ago '21        #4
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 brotheramir said
Instead of using the money to help people…. They’re trying to repurpose the money to keep poor people (mainly Black people) locked him.

Republican racist a*s politics.

It's bigger than race. These people are stupid and can't figure out ways to truly bring income to the state. Saying it's because of racism is actually a cop out to the fact that these red states can't make enough revenue to sustain themselves.
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 4 weeks ago '14        #5
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 BeastModeBoy said
It's bigger than race. These people are stupid and can't figure out ways to truly bring income to the state. Saying it's because of racism is actually a cop out to the fact that these red states can't make enough revenue to sustain themselves.
They can’t make any money because RACISM rules everything around them and they can’t focus on anything else…these broke a*s, prone to skin cancer, opiod addicted, flat bootied hillbillies are welfare queens too…. So it’s not a cop out. America runs off a slave economy to this day and all political decisions are rooted in RACE, SOMEWAY SOMEHOW…. White people as a collective have decided to ride this White Supremacy thing until the wheels fall off so I’ll have to respectfullly disagree with ya.



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 4 weeks ago '16        #6
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They’ve known how sh*tty the prison system in Alabama was for years and refused to do anything about it. The DOJ under Trump admin even came out and said gotdamn Alabama y’all really gotta do something about these prisons. Kay Ivey already got caught trying to spend Covid money to renovate the governors mansion smh
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