Sentencing bills in Alabama aim to reduce prison populations.

Author:Scafuri Jenna
Position:News Briefs

On April 20, 2011, a Senate committee approved a package of sentencing bills aimed at reducing Alabama's prison population, reported the Huntsville Times. According to prison system officials, prisons within the Alabama Department of Corrections have more than 25,000 inmates, but they were only designed for 13,403. The bills sent to the full Senate include measures that would create a new felony classification for low-level property and drug offenders with minimum and maximum sentences of three years, make inmates eligible for supervised parole 180 days before the end of his or her sentence, create a tailor-made probation...

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