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Plan to build four Alabama prisons advances in committee

(IMAGE: WPMI) The state would borrow between $200 and $845 million, depending on how many prisons are leased.

A new prison plan advances despite deep skepticism in the Alabama capitol.

A plan to build up to 4 new prisons now goes to the house floor where it faces uncertainty.

Under the plan, the state would build a new women's prison and lease or build 3 new men's prisons.

But critics aren't happy about the price tag.

The state would borrow between $200 and $845 million, depending on how many prisons are leased.

Right now Alabama prisons hold more than 23,000 inmates in facilities built to house only 13,000.

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