Governor Kay Ivey Responds to Criticism of New Prison Plans | Mobile County Alabama News
Mobile, Alabama (WALA) – Alabama lawmakers continued a special session on prison building on Tuesday.
The project would appropriate $ 400 million from the state’s share of US bailout funds.
But critics say those funds should be spent elsewhere.
They want more attention to be devoted to prison reform and other issues like staffing. And now leaders of other states want the federal government to step in to make sure this plan doesn’t come true.
In this plan, there are three new prisons that would cost 1 point $ 3 billion.
These three new prisons would have increased space for medical and mental health needs. The plans would also include renovations to existing facilities.
Tuesday was the second day of the special session that will decide if this actually happens. And now it is catching the attention of lawmakers in other states.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler of New York is urging the Treasury Department to intervene.
He wrote the letter Monday to Treasury Department Secretary Janet Yellen.
In the letter he states in part,
“The ARP is a historic effort to provide emergency aid in a time of great suffering. It must not be used to exacerbate our national problem of over-incarceration.”
It didn’t take long for Alabama Governor Kay Ivey to respond.
She posted the statement on social media suggesting that the New York congressman and the federal government are citing
“Worry more to avoid the imminent shutdown of the government and to rule the country”
Even with detractors, the plan is still expected to pass later this week.
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