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AL prison plan set for committee, changes expected

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

Changes look to be on the way for the state’s prison plan, as the bill will be in the Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday.

A substitute plan is expected, which will likely scale down Gov. Robert Bentley's $800 million plan for four new mega prisons. The governor's plan has faced a laundry list of questions. While the price tag is a major concern for some lawmakers, others see other issues as sapping support.

Opponents of the legislation have pointed to concerns over the bidding process, and where exactly the new prisons will be built.

Alabama's prisons face more issues than just overcrowding and understaffing. An ongoing court case focuses on the quality of mental health care, and current safety concerns for inmates and officers alike.

So lawmakers want to make sure that before they spend hundreds of millions of dollars, they address the whole problem.

"This is about more than bricks and mortar and buildings," said House speaker Mac McCutcheon. "This is about intake. This is about corrections officers, their safety. This is about how we implement some of the things we need to do for the inmates."

Lawmakers will meet on the prison bill at 1 p.m. Tuesday.

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