Alabama Gov. Calls For Four New Prisons; Critic Stevenson Skeptical

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Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley last night used his State of the State address to call for construction of new prisons to replace aging state facilities that have come under scrutiny for overcrowding, violence and abuse, reports the Associated Press. Bentley proposed a bond issue to build four new large prisons to replace existing prisons, including the state's embattled Julia Tutwiler Prison for Women where federal officials last year alleged prisoners were subjected to pervasive abuse and harassment. "By building . . .

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