Governor Bentley will speak to Congress on Tuesday about Alabama’s prison reform

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Governor Robert Bentley will travel to Washington, D.C. on Tuesday to discuss Alabama’s prison reform efforts with members of Congress.

The governor is expected to testify before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

During the 2015 legislative session, Bentley signed criminal justice reform legislation into law. The governor says the legislation is expected to reduce the state’s prison population by more than 4,200 people, avert more than $380 million in future costs and provide supervision for more than 3,000 more people upon release from prison.

Recently, some law enforcement agencies in the Tennessee Valley expressed concern about the state’s prison reform.

The prison overhaul is based on recommendations from the Justice Reinvestment Initiative (JRI) study. In 2014, state officials began looking into the criminal justice system to identify ways to implement more cost effective criminal justice policies.