The American Civil Liberties Union produced this map showing Alabama among eight states with the largest increases in their prison populations from 2006 to 2011. The state has the third-highest incarceration rate in the country.
The American Civil Liberties Union includes a law passed by the Alabama Legislature this year among a list of measures throughout the country that the organization contends will combat “overincarceration.”
But reform advocates and experts agree that the Alabama law, which creates a statewide pretrial diversion program, will have little if any effect on the prison population.
“It’s not going to have a significant impact,” said Susan Watson, the executive director of the ACLU’s Alabama branch. “But you could say it’s a first step to addressing incarceration.”
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