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Gov. Bentley forms prison reform council

Governor Bentley said the council's creation is an important step in overall prison reform. (Source: Governor's Office) Governor Bentley said the council's creation is an important step in overall prison reform. (Source: Governor's Office)
MONTGOMERY, AL (WAFF) -

Governor Robert Bentley announced the formation of a group to look into reforming state prison systems.

The Alabama Criminal Justice Oversight and Implementation Council will seek to enact criminal justice reform efforts that passed the state legislature in the 2015 regular session.

"Alabama's effort to reform the entire criminal justice system is a top priority for leaders of all three branches of government," Governor Bentley said. "Thanks to legislation passed in 2015, we currently have significant reform efforts underway in our state. The council is an important part of our efforts to make Alabama's criminal justice system more efficient and effective."

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The eight-member council will focus on developing policy and guideline changes for treatment programs and community correction programs.

Members will analyze data reflecting client participation in treatment services from state-funded programs to ensure performance-based funding.

Governor Bentley's Deputy Legal Advisor, Franklin Johnson, will serve as council chairman. Other members include:

  • Secretary Spencer Collier, Alabama Law Enforcement Agency
  • Commissioner Jim Perdue, Alabama Department of Mental Health
  • Commissioner Jeff Dunn, Alabama Department of Corrections
  • Phil Bryant, Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles
  • Bennett Wright, Alabama Sentencing Commission
  • State Representative Mike Jones (R-Andalusia), Chair of the Alabama House Judiciary Committee
  • State Senator Cam Ward (R-Alabaster), Chair of the Alabama Senate Judiciary Committee

The first council meeting is tentatively scheduled for late July.

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