Some Alabama Lawmakers Question Ivey’s Prison Lease Plan

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Some lawmakers are questioning Gov. Kay Ivey’s plan to lease three new mega-prisons, saying they want to see more financial details on the plan. Two lawmakers raised concerns about the proposal during Wednesday budget hearings. Republican Rep. Rich Wingo of Tuscaloosa said lawmakers need to know more details since they will be responsible for any shortfall. Corrections Commissioner Jeff Dunn said he expects there will be an announcement on the leases very soon, but he declined to give a timeframe. Ivey plans to lease three mega-prisons that would collectively house a total of 10,000 male inmates and close many existing prisons.

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