Governor Bentley considering special session following prison bill failure

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ALABAMA (WHNT) - Disappointed in the failure of his prison construction bill, Governor Bentley stands firm that it was the right answer to the state's prison issues.

"We were going to solve it the other night with that bill we had," he began. "We're still optimistic that we'll be able to get that through. It was innovative thinking. It was a way to pay for it without costing the taxpayers any more money."

Bentley's proposal to borrow hundreds of millions of dollars to build new prisons failed on the last night of the session. Now, there's talk of him considering a special session.

"I'm not saying I don't want to, I just have not decide whether I definitely will or not," he said.

So it's still in the air whether legislators will be ordered to return to Montgomery for a special session. But Governor Bentley says either way, the need is still there.

"There are people in prison right now being stabbed, being killed," he said. "It's a dangerous situation. We have suits before federal court and it may cost us hundreds of millions of dollars if we don't solve this thing."

He is adamant about the looming possibility of a federal takeover of state correctional institution.

"The federal judge will be ruling on that in June and we don't want the federal government telling us what to do, we want to decide for ourselves."