Speak Out: Time to close Tutwiler prison
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Re “With state prisons near double capacity, Perry County facility resembles ghost town” (News article, Nov. 22):

In regard to the Tutwiler Women’s Prison, I would close this dinosaur and let the Alabama National Guard use it for bombing practice, because that’s about all it’s worth.

I would offer alternative sentencing like ankle monitors and let prisoners live at home on their own dime. Since many of the female prisoners are non-violent and are sentenced for drugs and burglary, I would utilize local drug-rehabilitation programs so they could receive counseling and help dealing with drugs and their other infractions.

Women on death row and more violent prisoners could be sent to other prisons out of state.

The state should have the private prison facility in Perry County filled to the brim with state prisoners. According to the article, the prison has 734 beds. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that the state prison system could save more than $3 million a year by utilizing these beds instead of those in our understaffed state prisons.

The prison system will save $3,170,880 a year by housing prisoners at Perry. The Star reported that the last time the state had prisoners there, it was charged $32 a day for each prisoner, and on average, Alabama spends $42 a day for each prisoner in house. I think with a little bargaining power from the state that we could get the prisoner cost down to $30 a day per prisoner at the private facility.

It will be interesting to see if the state wants to save money.

Phil Holliday
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