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February 28, 2021
Alabama Prison System Requests $63 Million Budget Increase
(APR - Alabama Public Radio ) - Department of Corrections Commissioner Richard Allen told legislators Wednesday Alabama prisons are overcrowded, undermanned and need at least 63 million dollars in new money in the next fiscal year. That's a 16 percent increase over the current appropriation.

Allen's request came during budget hearings that are leading up to the 2008 regular session which begins February 5th.

Lawmakers are currently trying to figure out how to cut about 230 million dollars from the state's budget for non-education agencies like prisons, state troopers and Medicaid.

The budget cuts are necessary because a slowdown in the economy has slowed the growth of taxes that fund the state's budgets.

The chairman of the House committee that writes the General Fund budget, Rep. John Knight, D-Montgomery, said despite the budget crisis prisons would be given a priority in the budget for the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1.

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