Tell the Legislature: People Need COVID Relief Money

On January 6, 2022, the Treasury Department issued its final rule on how states may use the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds, which stated in the overview that “Treasury presumes that the following capital projects are generally ineligible: Construction of new correctional facilities as a response to an increase in rate of crime; Construction of new congregate facilities to decrease spread of COVID-19 in the facility.”

However, Gov Ivey and state lawmakers convened a special session last year where they approved $400 million dollars of these funds to build new state prisons, which would consume about 20 percent of Alabama’s total COVID-19 relief funds.

Send a message to leadership in the Alabama Legislature to demand they do the right thing and reallocate these funds to address the real needs of the people of Alabama.

Read our full comment regarding the final rules here.

Message Recipients:
Mac McCutcheon, Speaker of the House; Greg Reed, Senate Pro Tem; Anthony Daniels, House Minority Leader; Bobby Singleton, Senate Minority Leader; Clay Scofield, Senate Majority Leader; Greg Albritton, Chair of the Senate Finance and Taxation General Fund Committee; Steve Clouse, Chair of the House Ways and Means General Fund Committee

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Dear Legislative Leadership

As an Alabama constituent, I am paying attention to what my elected representatives are doing right now ahead of elections in November, and right now, I do not want to see money that was sent for Alabamians to get back on their feet in a pandemic instead be spent on building bigger prisons that will not solve the problems in our prisons and criminal justice system.

Please do the right thing and stop this plan to use COVID relief money on prison construction, which the US Treasury Department’s final rule makes clear was never intended to be used for correctional or congregate facilities. You have the power to change course, reallocate these funds, and accelerate our state’s recovery.

Sincerely,

[First Name] [Last Name]
[Your Address]

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