Governor Bentley Releases Statement on the Senate Passage of Alabama Prison Transformation Initiative Act

Governor Robert Bentley stops to look at a secure area at Limestone Correctional Facility with Department of Corrections Commissioner Jeff Dunn in Harvest, Ala., Monday, April 4, 2016. Prison guards are able to monitor inmate activities from this room, which overlooks a large inmate dormitory. (Governor's Office, Jamie Martin)
Governor Robert Bentley stops to look at a secure area at Limestone Correctional Facility with Department of Corrections Commissioner Jeff Dunn in Harvest, Ala., Monday, April 4, 2016. Prison guards are able to monitor inmate activities from this room, which overlooks a large inmate dormitory. (Governor's Office, Jamie Martin)

MONTGOMERY–Governor Robert Bentley on Thursday issued a statement on the passage of the Alabama Prison Transformation Initiative Act by the Alabama Senate.

“Today Alabama took a step in the right direction to solve a decades old problem facing the Alabama Department of Corrections. I commend the Alabama Senate for their work on the passage of the Prison Transformation Initiative.  I understand this bill is a work in progress and my ultimate goal remains the same, and that is to have safe and modern facilities that solve the persistent overcrowding of our prisons that will protect our law enforcement officers and inmates, as well prepare the inmates to successfully transition back into our communities. If we are to truly transform the person, we must first transform the system. As this legislation moves to the House, I look forward to working with House members to pass the Alabama Prison Transformation Initiative.”