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From: James Bryan
Sent: Friday, February 06, 2004 1:25 PM
Subject: Male Inmates Return to Alabama
MONTGOMERY- The first of more than 14-hundred male inmates incarcerated at the Tallahatchie County Correctional Facility in Tutwiler, Mississippi, are now back in the State of Alabama. In June of 2003, Alabama's prison population reached an all-time high of more than 28,400 inmates, prompting Governor Bob Riley to sign an emergency contract with Corrections Corporation of America to provide immediate, alternative housing. Through an increased parole effort, along with expanded Community Corrections programs, Alabama's overall prison population has decreased to 27,344 as of December 31, 2003.
Recently, ADOC Commissioner Donal Campbell announced intentions to return all 14-hundred medium-security inmates to Alabama facilities. This will be done utilizing available bed space and by changing the mission of certain ADOC facilities. Detailed in a plan previously released, this process will involve the shifting of "minimum security-in" and "minimum security-out" inmates out of secure facilities (level IV, V & VI institutions) to create available bed space for those inmates returning from Mississippi. Between January 19th and February 2nd , 223 inmates were returned to Alabama. By week's end, an additional 156 inmates will be returned to Alabama, leaving an estimated 990 at the Tallahatchie County Correctional Facility. All of Alabama's male inmates are scheduled to be back in Alabama facilities by March 12th. Alabama's prisons continue to operate at more than 185% of designed capacity.