Alabama Working on Prison Overcrowding Solution

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Alabama's prison system is trying to avoid
a mass release of state inmates in 2012.

With the state's prison housing almost double the number of inmates they were designed for, some are worried federal courts will free inmates to reduce the overcrowding.

Prison Commissioner Kim Thomas told the Times Daily of Florence that 2012 will be challenging year for the Department of Corrections.

But Thomas says he and other officials are working to avoid any order for a mass release of inmates to reduce overcrowding.

Thomas says the department will announce a plan soon to reduce crowding in state prisons.

The U.S. Supreme Court in May ordered California to reduce 30,000 inmates from its overcrowded prison system.


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  • by Jessica Location: Foley on Jun 30, 2012 at 10:41 PM
    Prison is more than serving your time for your crime in the state of Alabama. This unmerciful state does not care for a human beings life. If anyone knows an inmate incarcerated in the state of Alabama knows their life style is cruel and inhuman. I am discussed in Alabama's stubborn ways. They have a huge problem on their hands. Not only financial, but a massive overcrowding in there prison system. In the blistering heat in the south, they only provide one fan to inmates in a trailer packed with 50 individuals. Not only do they share this one measly fan, but the same toilet. While everyone is sweating in their shoes, the stench of sweat and body odor fills the trailer, and our men; who are fathers and sons and brothers are forgotten. These inmates are people just like you and I. Just because they committed a crime, does not mean that they cannot change. Alabama's lack of compassion is a true disgrace to all humanity.
  • by Jay on May 22, 2012 at 02:19 PM
    Really the need to recognize addiction as something other than a crime is necessary.Over crowding prisons with people who are convicted of the crime of simple possession is obviously not working.Drug rehabilitation is the only viable alternative to this problem.
  • by lori Location: lebnon mo on May 16, 2012 at 05:41 PM
    I feel if an inmate does good has worked hard at staying out of trouble should be given credit for that hard work when it comes time for a parole hearing review look at what this inmate has done to improve his behavior letting my man out of prison would help him move forward with the love and support of family and friends who are willing to help him in anyway possible but no he was denied parole because of his past they didnt seem to care how hard he worked at doing good now we can only hope that we can get this parole cut in nov 2012 all he done was still a car and escaped got a 20 year sentance in 2002
  • by Nina Location: Florence, AL on May 15, 2012 at 07:32 AM
    Many of these prisoners are sitting in state prison over petty crimes. So may have missed a day with the probabtion officer and a warrant is placed for their arrest. I don't think for petty crimes that state prison is the answer. Something as simple as probation violation, unpaid medical bills, or even 1 or 2 checks were insufficient that could have been solved with community service. Technology is better now. We have GPS and other sorts of things that will keep prisons from overcrowding. Lots of these District Attorneys and Judges are saying lets solve our problem by placing them all in a overcrowded prison. Those who really believe that keep these Judges and District Attorneys around whenever election year rolls around. Well I say remove all District Attorneys who seek for the only way to punish is to send those to prison. I also say lets send a message to these Judges. Lets get new faces in our judicial system and stop being hard on people who done harmeless acts because of something that could have been helped with payment plans or community services.
  • by Fancy Moss Location: Montgomery, AL on Mar 29, 2012 at 05:30 PM
    My husband is also in prison for a crime he committed when he was a 19 years old. He is a changed person, but not only that, a grown man. He made a terrible mistake as a kid and he too has taken and taught classes for rehabilitation, drug abuse, etc.received all types of certificates, graduated from trade school and they still didn't release him. what's the point of parole if he can't get it.
  • by Selena Location: Bessemer,alabama on Mar 20, 2012 at 06:12 PM
    My husband has a life sentence with parole..He has been incarcerated for 18 years ,every since he was 19 years of age..He has done every class there is..tutored..Taught class ect..He has done it all..It is time for him to come home and live the life what God has planned for him..I tell him all the time,that God has the last say on it all and his life s in GODS hands. The Alabama Parole Board is the very reason for the overcrowding of the prisons..Do not get me wrong and I am not excusing the crimes that has been committed, but They are the problems also. Rehabilitation is much more needed than life w/wo, 30 and 40 years sentencing ,that is hideous..There should not be a parole board in the state of Alabama or anywhere else,because they are not helping,they are hindering..Yes,I agree playing God.
  • by Elaine gosha Location: ohio on Mar 14, 2012 at 07:14 PM
    It dont matter if you never post my coments my mission is to bring to light all the unlawful acts the alabama prison system is doing to these inmates.everyone in the world will no befor i am done.thats why we have internet thank god.
  • by Elaine Gosha Location: ohio on Mar 14, 2012 at 06:54 PM
    the parole board refuse to parole inmates i wonder how they would feel if a board gave their kids a life sentence?they need to realize people make mistakes and they learn from them,everyone makes mistakes in life none of us are perfect not even the parole board. makeing a inmate serve 20,30,40,years is cruel and being in a overcrowed prison is against the law and some thing needs to be done about this violation of prisoners rights.its time family members stand up for inmates and end all these violations being comitted in the alabama prison system.i am going to be talking to some people in washington and the naacp as well others about this matter.haveing a family member that has serve 30 years i have alot to say to the world i will get the word out .the condition of these prisons being so overcrowed is shameful and un lawful.inmates that have served 20 30 years let them go .stop playing god with peoples lives god is our only judge.and he said vengence will be his,you to shall be judge.
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