By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter
Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey shifted further away from former Gov. Robert Bentley’s plan to build new mega-prison as a solution for overcrowding and prison conditions federal courts have repeatedly ruled as unconstitutional.
In her State of the State Tuesday, Ivey pushed for new investment in prisons and the Department of Corrections, funding which, if approved, ADOC Commissioner Jeff Dunn says can be used to hire new correctional officers, retain existing officers, improve mental health and health care delivery and finance a master plan to determine how to address the state’s outdated prison infrastructure.