After more than seven hours of debate, the Alabama House of Representatives Thursday approved an $800 million plan to build new prisons in the state and close all but a handful of existing ones.
The proposal, the centerpiece of Gov. Robert Bentley’s agenda, goes back to the Senate for concurrence after the House’s 52 to 33. The bill includes an amendment requiring a second vote on the prison bill after plans are completed.
“One of the problems we have now, and you’ve seen this in incidents throughout the system, is our corrections officers, there’s s security issue for them, security issue for other inmates and it’s a facilities issue,” said Rep. Mike Jones, R-Andalusia, who handled the bill in the House.
In the Montgomery County delegation, Reps. Reed Ingram, R-Pike Road and Chris Sells, R-Greenville voted for the measure. Reps. John Knight, D-Montgomery and Kelvin Lawrence, D-Selma, voted against it. Reps. Alvin Holmes, D-Montgomery; Thad McClammy, D-Montgomery and Dimitri Polizos, R-Montgomery were listed as not voting.