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Interview: Reporter Alex Walsh on Alabama's Prison Budget

90.3 WBHM Birmingham-- Alabama's prison system is currently under investigation by the Justice Department. If some big changes aren't made, the federal government could take over the prison system

We've heard a lot about the conditions inside the prisons, but today we explore a different side: the prison budget.

One in every four dollars in Alabama's general fund budget goes to prisons. And that's growing. Al.com data reporter Alex Walsh joined WBHM’s Rachel Osier Lindley to talk about just how much Alabama spends on corrections.

Click here to listen to the interview.

For the past several months, WBHM, AL.com and the Center for Investigative Reporting have taken a closer look at Alabama's prison problems. It's all part of the Alabama Media Group's Investigative Journalism Lab.

~ Rachel Osier Lindley, May 30, 2014