Alabama prison officials want to consolidate prisons

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WIAT) — Tuesday morning, Gov. Kay Ivey and Corrections Commissioner Jeff Dunn met with reporters to offically announce their prison plan. 

Alabama’s Department of Correction Commissioner Jeff Dunn, says they are looking at new plans to address Alabama aging prison system. 

The department is exploring the idea of consolidating 11 men’s prisons into three regional facilities. 

ADOC says, one of the regional prisons would be a specialty facility to house medical care for mental health and special needs inmates. In terms of paying for the plan, ADOC says it wouldn’t require any additional funding in their budget in for this plan, and they would save from consolidations.

The commissioner says the dollar amount for the new prison plan is somewhere in the $900 million ball park, if they were to go with a bond option. 

If the plan is approved, it would put around 3,500 inmates into two facilites. The third number would be based on medical needs. 

Procurement for the new prisons would start spring of 2019, and new prisons would open 2022. 

The governor says she is leaving all options on the table, such as the bond option or the leasing option. 

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