Budget Crisis May Force Early Release of Prisoners

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By WNCF Staff

Thee-thousand non-violent prisoners may get an early release, according to Alabama's State Finance Director.

They will be released if the legislature adopts Governor Bentley's proposed general fund budget.

David Perry made his comments today in a joint session of the House and Senate Judiciary Committees.

Perry says the Governor's budget assumes cutting $25 million from the Department of Corrections budget and recommended reclassification of non-violent, non-sexual offenders is a better way to reduce the number of inmates.

Committee members discussed a number of bills designated to reform Alabama's sentencing procedures.

Senator Cam Ward, District 14, says, We face one of the biggest challenges in the history of the correctional system in Alabama.

"At a 100% and 90% capacity we’re the most overcrowded prison system in the United States today, as the finance director said. The state could be looking at mass release of prisoners due to the budget crisis. We have to do something now to prevent that from happening," Ward said.

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Sharon K said on Thursday, May 29 at 2:09 AM

A Non Violent Crime Is a Person who Has NOT Killed, Raped, Hit,or Beat any Human. If The State Is Going To Release an Inmate For Non-Violent Crimes they Must be Excluded (NOT DONE) any of these Acts above..If They Sold Drugs Or Stole these are not Violent Acts.. Thereforth to Me These Inmates should be Released First. Life and Circumstances Make People Do things To Survive, These Acts are Not Violent. It Is A Serious Waste Of the States Money to Continue to House These Types Of Crimes, They Dont Help Them By Locking Them Up. There are Other Types of things that can be done to help this Type Of Crime. My Fiancee Is Locked Up and has Done 5 Years on a 20 YR Sentence for Drugs. Thats Ridiculos to Me, People Murder People and don't get 20 years. Nobody Makes a Person Buy Drugs and In This Great United States there will always be Drugs from one Generation to Another.If It Could Be Stopped It would have been Stopped. Free The Non-Violent They Have Family To Take Care Of.

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Anonymous said on Monday, Apr 21 at 10:11 PM

My son is serving a twenty yr sentence for 3class falonys non violent crimes Some raptist and killers dp not receive this much time.

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Sherron said on Tuesday, Sep 24 at 12:44 PM

IN GOD I TRUST

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JOANNA said on Monday, Sep 23 at 6:10 PM

I KNOW A MAN IN CHARGE HIS NAME IS JESUS I BELEIVE IT WILL BE A MASS RELEASE OF NON VOLIENT INMATES. SOME OF OUR HUSBAND ARE IN JAIL. AND SOME OF THE BEST PREACHER AND TEACHER HOW ARE WE GOING TO STOP THE JAIL FROM BECOMING OVER CROWED AGAIN. THE ONES THAT ARE RELEASE SOME WILL BECOME MOTIVATED SPEAKERS, FOR THR LORD TO LET MEN AND WOMEN KNOW NOT TO GO DOWN THAT ROAD. GOD IS GOOD . MY HUSBAND IS IN JAIL AND I AM NOT ASHAME HE WII BE COMING HOME AND WE WILL BE A TAG TEAM FOR THE LORD. WE WILL DEFEAT AND FIGHT THIS SPRITIAL BATTLE IN HIGH PLACES WITH EVIL PEOPLE IN CHARGE. ONE PLACE WITH BE INSIDE THE JAILS GOD SEE ALL THE SEED YOU SOE YOU WILL REAP IF YOU LIVE.

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Sherry said on Wednesday, Jun 20 at 3:06 PM

I just don"t understand why they don"t release the non violent prisioners to stop the over crowding in the ALDOC . Those people in there are treated like animals, what happened to the saying everyone deserves a second chance, and god don"t make no junk? Well I have a very special loving, caring man that got put into prision and I know he would never hurt anyone. He was accused of sexually assulting a 5 yr old female. Well guy if you are in Alabama and your dating a woman who has children beware. Everything was fine when he was with her soon as they parted about 3 months later he got arrested at work, lost his g/f and everything he owned over stupid accusations, not even done by the mother of this child but the ex husband. Come on now anyone and i do mean anyone who knows there child was touched would immediatly go to the police and take that child to the hosp for a rape test right? Well that never happened. And the mother never showed up in court, so u tell me? ALDOC U R A JOKE!!!!!!

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Sherry said on Tuesday, Jun 12 at 7:54 AM

I think with the Alabama state prisions being so over crowded that the non violent 1st time offenders should be let go. There are major drug deakers, murders ect that should be there. and for the sex offenders the non violent ones that have complied with the rules should get a second chance, if the offend again then should be kept and not let go. But this friend of mine in Bullock correctional facility in alabama and i know hes innocent he was proven not guilty by the DHR but of course the state picked it up and put a innocent man away . What ever happened to lie detectors why cant they give him a lie detector test. I think alabamas just tryingto make a name for itself look good ect, but honestly they look stupid and assinine!!!!!

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sharon said on Wednesday, Jun 6 at 6:42 AM

i have a boyfriend in the alabama correctional facility who was let go by the dhr on a sex offender crime but the state picked it up and hes been in there for almost 5 years now for a crime he didnt commit. i know for a fact that bullock correctional facility has NOT fed him right hes lost about 50 lbs.when he was sick they couldnt take care of him .Ipersonally think alabamas system is a total joke. And something should be done about it now!!!!

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Mary said on Wednesday, May 2 at 12:05 AM

I have a nephew in Alabama prison with a Manslaughter charge from an accident. All the people with this charge lost the good time they have accrued since being in prison. This was due to a change in the goodtime classification. So men went to sleep one night and the next morning had 2 more years added to their sentence. Seems like cruel & unusual punishment to take goodtime away from a man who has already earned it. If the ADOC changes the law, then ok, but grandfather in the goodtime the men have already earned. Many families out there not happy at all!!!

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Sarah said on Monday, Feb 27 at 8:59 PM

My boyfriend is in prison for murder, and what i do not like about the court system is that my boyfriend was sentence 30 yrs murder and the proper investigation was not done. The same thing that happened with steven nodine when they accused him of murder and his car being at the scene, is the same thing my boyfriend was accused of. He say she say! no evidence was found! But he was given 30 yrs of his life, taken from him!! but steven nodine goes free!!!! And mine is still locked up!! Where is the justice in america! If the government wants to stop losing money for housing prisoners, proper investigations must be done! Each inmate should be looked over and talked to one on one when chosen to be released early. Some of these guys needs a second chance. These people are somebody's sons, daughters, uncles, fathers, mothers, husbands, and wives. The ones who have been back and forth to prison are the ones who don't desire to change!

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