Alabamians’ safety depends upon the commitment of the men and women who take a solemn oath to protect our communities regardless of the risk to their own lives. In response, my administration stands shoulder to shoulder with our law enforcement officials and first responders. This includes the enforcement of Alabama’s criminal laws and the prosecution of those who break them. I have ordered the toughening of Alabama’s “good time” early-release rules to make sure hardened criminals stay behind bars to serve out their sentences. My administration is also the first in many years to seek the construction of new prisons to safely house violent offenders while lowering personal risk to our corrections personnel. Increased starting salaries for corrections officers is already generating a much-needed increase in prison system job applications. We have the backs of our public safety personnel.