The Montgomery Advertiser recently noted, “Unlike most of his predecessors, [Republican] Gov. Bob Riley has successfully pushed reforms designed to lower inmate populations and to decrease recidivism. He has sought to increase the state’s work release program.” 1
Despite efforts to demand a greater return on taxpayer public safety dollars, the state faces many corrections challenges. For example, in 2009, one prison was more than 300 percent over capacity. 2 The state has one of the nation’s highest incarceration rates, with more than 30,000 inmates in state lockups. 3
According to a October 21, 2010 Auburn Plainsman story recapping a gubernatorial forum, Republican Governor-elect Robert Bentley “added that prison reform was needed to address the number of drug-addicted individuals currently incarcerated in state prisons.” 4
The Alabama Sentencing Commission is working to strengthen the state’s utilization of offender risk/needs assessment instruments. These are tools that research has demonstrated enhances the cost-effective use of correctional resources by matching the supervision strategy, sanction, or program with the type of offender for whom that approach has been proven to reduce recidivism. 5
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1 “Tight Fit,” Montgomery Advertiser, 9 Aug. 2009.
3 National Institute of Corrections, Alabama Profile.
4 “Sparks, Bentley showcase platforms for Alabama,” Auburn Plainsman, 21 Oct. 2010.
5 Marc A. Levin, “The Role of Risk Assessment in Enhancing Public Safety and Efficiency in Texas Corrections,” Texas Public Policy Foundation, July 2010.
6 “The Alabama Prison Transformation Initiative Act,” Alabama Policy Institute, Apr. 2016.