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Improving Alabama's Prisons
Governor Robert Bentley and other state officials are asking the Council of State Governments Justice Center for help in improving the state's troubled prison system. The group is a national nonprofit organization that provides advice to government policy makers. Bentley sent a letter on Feb. 26th to the group requesting assistance through the group's Justice Reinvention Initiative. The group sends teams of analysts to examine a state's criminal justice system and make recommendations.
A single vehicle crash in Wilcox County claimed the lives of two people. State Troopers say the driver, 48-year-old Camilla Allen and a passenger, 54-year-old Ronnie Mitchell were killed when the Jeep they were in struck a wild boar and left the roadway. The vehicle overturned several times. Seatbelts were not in use. Allen was a resident of Pine Hill and Mitchell was from Thomasville. The wreck happened at 4:30 Tuesday morning on Alabama Highway 5 about seven miles south of Catherine. The accident remains under investigation.
A new community garden is taking root at Alabama State University. Tuesday, ASU officials hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its first-ever ASU Gifted Gardeners group, a student-led urban garden with fruits and vegetables. The Gifted Garden will be open to ASU students and residents to plant and to harvest at no cost. The goal of the garden is to promote a fresh and healthy lifestyle in the community.
The head of the Retirement System of Alabama spoke to the Montgomery Kiwanis club Tuesday. Dr. David Bronner addressed the recently completed legislative session, thanking lawmakers and the governor for fully funding teachers health insurance. Bronner labeled the overcrowded conditions of the state's prisons as disgusting and fears serious consequences are inevitable if solutions aren't found soon. On financial matters, Bronner recommended staying away from bonds with interest rates so low, but was more bullish on real estate.