SPLC calls for increase in mental health staff and corrections officers

“We have to provide medical care, we have to provide mental health care, we have to provide some degree of protection for people who are In our prisons” Maria Morris, senior supervising attorney for the SPLC, said.

Alabama may not have the money to afford such a funding increase without looking at new revenue measures. Lawmakers typically do not raise taxes during election years. However, if the court rules the state must hire more people, not having the funds will not be considered an excuse.

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