Prioritizing Prisons

State officials hope a build-lease approach to new prisons will be the key to solving Alabama’s chronic prison overcrowding. But details are scarce.

New prisons are a high priority for Alabama — mostly because the feds say they have to be. And the state is actively working toward construction, with plans to have three new prisons in place by 2023. Beyond that? Be prepared to dig if you want information. Here’s what we know: • The state won’t…

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