Alabama prison study group to make recommendations

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey's study commission on criminal justice policy will make recommendations that could including sentencing changes and expanding the use of pretrial diversion programs. The panel met for the final time Tuesday and will submit recommendations ahead of the legislative session that begins Feb. 5. State Sen. Cam Ward is a Republican from Alabaster. He says he expects a package of four to five bills to be introduced in the session.  Family members of inmates held a rally before the meeting, urging the state to do more to address conditions inside prisons. 

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