Sep 09 2004


U.S. Senator Richard C. Shelby (R-Ala) announced today that the U.S. Department of Justice will soon be releasing $98,948 for the Alabama Sentencing Commission. Senator Shelby was instrumental in securing these funds in the fiscal year 2004 appropriations process.

Sen. Shelby said, “I am pleased to announce $98,948 for the Alabama Sentencing Commission’s (ASC), simulation model to be used to forecast the impact of policy decisions on various parts of the criminal justice system. Specifically, the study will focus on jail and prison populations, inmate to correctional, probation, and parole officer ratios, and community punishment program needs. This information will be used to develop a forecasting model to allow Alabama to realistically understand its sentencing system and the costs associated with various types of punishment. For the last 30 years, Alabama has struggled with the problem of jail and prison overcrowding. The simulation model will serve as an essential tool that supports the ASC’s efforts to establish a fair, effective, and efficient sentencing system that best protects the safety of Alabama’s citizens, while working to eliminate overcrowding.”