Alabama asks federal government if COVID funds can be used for prisons
Alabama asks federal officials if COVID-19 recovery funds can be used to improve state prisons with “better, improved and / or expanded infrastructure.”
The Montgomery Advertise r reports that Corrections Commissioner Jeff Dunn sent a letter to the US Treasury Department asking the question. Dunn presented the demand as improved health care and programs for inmates. Lawmakers have already said they want to know if pandemic recovery funds can be used for prison construction and renovation. The question arose after Governor Kay Ivey’s plan to rent out prisons collapsed due to funding issues.