By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Politcal Reporter
On Thursday, April 28, the Alabama House of Representatives voted to pass Alabama Governor Robert Bentley’s (R) Great State 2019 plan to borrow $800 million to build four massive new prisons, each housing over four thousand inmates. SB287 would green light Bentley’s plan to build four massive new prisons at a cost of $50 million a year for thirty years.
State Representative Tim Wadsworth (R-Arley) said in a statement, “Prior to Starting the 26th Legislative Day numerous legislators joined together to publicly oppose the $800 million prison bill. The bill proposes tearing down all existing prisons and building 4 brand new prisons and borrowing 100 percent of funds to build these prisons and then using tax dollars to pay for these prisons. This group of legislators including myself stand strong against this bill. We believe that it is fiscally irresponsible to go forward with this bill. No economic impact studies have been completed.”