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State says prison construction allowed with relief cash

Alabama officials say federal rules do not appear to block Alabama’s plan to use pandemic...
Alabama officials say federal rules do not appear to block Alabama’s plan to use pandemic relief funds to build prisons.((Source: WSFA 12 News))
Published: Jan. 8, 2022 at 12:59 PM CST
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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama officials say federal rules do not appear to block Alabama’s plan to use pandemic relief funds to build prisons.

The Treasury Department in final rules wrote that construction of new correctional facilities is not an allowed use if built as a response to an increase in rate of crime.

Kirk Fulford, deputy director of the Legislative Services’ Agency fiscal division, said he did not see the rule impacting Alabama’s prison plan. He said Alabama is using a segment of funds intended to replace lost revenue.

The rules allow states to use that money on government services.

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