Jerry Nadler asks feds to block use of COVID aid to build Alabama’s new prisons

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As Alabama lawmakers prepare to meet again Tuesday in Montgomery to hash out a plan to build new prisons, in part with $400 million federal COVID aid, U.S. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler has asked the federal government not to allow those funds to be used to build Alabama’s new prisons. 

“Directing funding meant to protect our citizens from a pandemic to fuel mass incarceration is, in direct contravention of the intended purposes of the ARP legislation and will particularly harm communities of color who are already disproportionately impacted by over-incarceration and this public health crisis,” Nadler wrote in a letter to Treasury Department Secretary Janet Yellen on Monday. “The ARP is a historic effort to provide urgent assistance in a time of great suffering. It should not be used to worsen our national problem of over-incarceration.”

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