Gov. Robert Bentley plans to sign a bill today to gradually reduce prison overcrowding by reducing punishments for some nonviolent crimes and expanding programs to keep some offenders out of prison and others from returning.
The bill is scheduled to take effect Jan. 30, but will only do so if funding is provided to implement the reforms.
A budget plan approved by the House of Representatives on Tuesday would not provide that funding. But the Legislature still has much work to do on the budget. Read More.