Alabama’s prison system is set for an upgrade after a lawsuit by the federal government.
The federal government says the state is not housing prisoners in a constitutional manner, and the U. S. Department of Justice claimed the state is not doing enough to prevent "prisoner on prisoner violence”.
Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey expressed disappointment in the lawsuit, particularly since the state has pumped an additional 80 million over the past three years into the prison system. No one is certain where the penal system will be five years from now.
Ivey noted that the state plans to build three larger regional prison facilities over the next few years. State Sen. Bobby Singleton has been a leader on the referendum movement, and said the state has “kicked the can down the road,” but now must face the problem.
Retired Auburn Attorney Don Eddins is publisher of The Auburn Villager newspaper and the online publication, auburnvillager.com. Before going into law, he was state Capitol reporter for The Huntsville Times and state editor for The Columbus Ledger. In college, he was sports editor of The Auburn Plainsman. Email him your comments about the newspaper to firstname.lastname@example.org.