Prison Overcrowding

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One possible solution to Alabama's prison overcrowding could be converting an abandoned National Guard complex in Montgomery into a makeshift prison. It was discussed by state leaders on Wednesday.

Another part of the plan would increase the charges parolees and inmates on probation have to pay for their monthly supervision.

"The biggest hurdle is going to be, not only knowing the cost, but we're also going to have to rely more on alternative punishment programs in our state," said Alabama Attorney General Bill Pryor.

"It's an unfair burden on the counties," said Buddy Sharples of the Association of County Commissions. "They have to take resources away from traditional county government functions and housing state inmates is not a county government function."

Next Thursday, Alabama's prison commissioner must tell the courts how he plans to remove 1,300 state inmates from county jails across Alabama.