In response to an overcrowded prison system, the Alabama Legislature established the Prison Reform Task Force in February 2014 to identify potential solutions to resolve this issue. Comprehensive sentencing and corrections legislation was adopted by the Legislature in 2015 based on task force recommendations. The new law diverts low-level property and drug offenders away from prison and promotes the use of evidence-based practices for probationers and parolees. These changes are expected to reduce by the prison population by 16 percent and avert more than $380 million in prison spending over six years. A portion of the savings is slotted for more supervision officers and expansion of mental health and substance abuse treatment. An oversight council is overseeing implementation.
SJR 20 (2014)
SB 67 (2015)
HB 1 (2015)
Exec. Order 11 (2015)
SB 125 (2016)
Summaries of legislation can be found in NCSL’s Sentencing and Corrections Enactment Database.
Return to NCSL’s Justice Reinvestment State Resources page or learn more about NCSL’s Criminal Justice program.