Ala. Prison Chief Says Extra Funding Needed
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The criteria for hiring more officers must be more stringent.  Officers need to be trained properly.  That is not happening right now. If we get it right, and are successful at implementing "restorative justice" methods for rehabilitation, then Alabama will not need the number of prisons it has today.  Funds could then be appropiated to (1) tear down the old and outdated prisons that are currently breading houses for disease and abuse which is also a grave threat to the Public, and (2) replace the torn down prisons with new prisons that are DESIGNED for "corrections".  Makes more sense to me to spend money correcting errants so they can go back to their communities as productive, tax paying, citizens again.  Makes more sense to me to spend money on SCHOOLS inside and outside of the prisons to affect less crime and more prosperity.
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Ala. Prison Chief Says Extra Funding Needed
Birmingham News 

Alabama prisons need an extra $29.2 million this year and four times that next year including $60 million to build a new women's prison the state's new prison chief told a legislative budget panel. 

Prison Commissioner Donal Campbell, who took the helm at the state Department of Corrections about three weeks ago, said increased costs over which he has no control will push the system $29.2 million in the red by the end of the fiscal year, on Sept. 30, unless extra money is approved. 

"We will be overspent at the end of the year," Campbell told lawmakers. 

The department's budget for this year is $258 million, of which more than $57 million must be raised from prison industries, inmate work release, toll telephones and other sources. 

More than $18 million of the extra money needed this year, Campbell said, is to cover lower-than-expected income from the outside sources, the salaries of an extra 150 officers hired during the past year, plus increased costs of health insurance, medical services, utilities, hazardous duty pay, food and other inmate costs. 

Another $10.8 million of this year's shortfall comes from court orders to remove state convicts from county jails, to pay overtime to provide security for the extra inmates, and to increase mental health services, he said. 

Campbell said there will be unknown costs for paying overtime to make up for 152 employees called to duty in the National Guard or military reserves. Up to 400 employees eventually could be activated, he said. 

Campbell said he will comply with a federal judge's order to file a detailed plan by Friday for eliminating constitutional violations at Tutwiler Prison for Women, which was built in 1942 for 365 inmates but now houses more than 1,000. Campbell said he couldn't discuss the contents of the plan until it is filed. 

He's asking for $60 million next year to build a new women's prison, plus another $66 million more than this year's budget amount to cover increased personnel costs and hire more officers for vastly understaffed and crowded prisons. 

"It has been 20 years or longer since I've seen a prison as overcrowded as here in this state," said Campbell, a former Tennessee prison commissioner named Alabama's prison boss by Gov. Bob Riley about three weeks ago. Campbell said the budget requests he presented were drawn up by the Siegelman administration, but it's "pretty much of a no-brainer" that prisons need at least that much.