Solutions to Prison Overcrowding

Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange says the state’s prisons are overcrowded, and officials may have to find ways to release prisoners who are not likely to commit violent crimes. Strange made the remarks in Washington during a meeting of the federalist Society, a conservative think tank.

A report in the Birmingham News said that Strange said releasing some prisoners could take the pressure off cash-strapped budgets, especially with a prison population that is about 195 percent of the designed capacity.

Alabama Lt. Governor Leads Trade Mission

Alabama Lt. Governor Kay Ivey is leading a delegation from six Southern states to Taipei, Taiwan, on a cultural and trade mission. Ivey and state Senator Bill Holtzclaw of Madison will represent Alabama on the mission.

A spokesperson for Ivey said the trip is being paid for by the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office and was approved by the Alabama Ethics Commission. Ivey is slated to be the keynote speaker at a luncheon during the mission. She said she would discuss the importance of the trade relationship between Taiwan and the six Southern states in the delegation. Other states sending representatives include North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky and Georgia.

 

New Alabama School Superintendent Named

Longtime school administrator Dr. Tommy Bice was selected by the state school board as the new superintendent of education in Alabama. Bice, who had served as deputy superintendent for instruction will succeed Dr. Joe Morton, who retired in August of this year.

The former principal and school superintendent in Alexander City expressed his appreciation to the board for their confidence and committed to continue the work of Morton to create “world-class schools” in Alabama. Bice said his first priority is to meet with Craig Pouncey, who is Deputy Superintendent for Finance and was a candidate for the superintendent position, to begin preparation for the 2012 session of the Alabama Legislature.

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