Sheriffs want the criminally insane separated from other prisoners


DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — With the legislative session coming up, one big focus is the prison systems. Governor Ivey wants to build three mega prisons in Alabama.

Some sheriffs aren’t sure if that would be a solution but aren’t opposed to it.

“We need some upgrading and definitely need some more bed space for the Department of Corrections, we definitely need that,” Dale County Sheriff Wally Olson said.

Representative Paul Lee thinks the costs of three mega prisons would be between $800 million to a billion dollars.

One issue a lot of law enforcement face is the combination of mental health criminals and ones who don’t have mental health issues.

In 2013, Alabama closed all its state mental health hospitals leaving a lot of these mental patients being incarcerated.

“Right now as it stands in Alabama we have minimal bed space for that kind of criminally insane,” Olson said. “What you refer to as criminally insane, someone who definitely has mental issues but at the same time they’re a risk to the general public by being released out here.”

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