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Alabama governor and GOP legislature want to spend $400M in COVID-19 relief money on prisons

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Alabama has the highest death rate from COVID-19 in the United States. As of Sept. 29, 2021, a total 692,737 Americans have died of the virus. Alabama has had the ninth-highest rate of COVID-19 infections, with more than 16,000 for every 100,000 citizens. Alabama has had around 289 of every 100,000 residents die of the 2019 novel coronavirus. During the most recent surge of the pandemic, led by the spread of the delta variant, Alabama is averaging almost 100 deaths per day from the virus. The Heart of Dixie also has the dubious distinction of having the fifth-lowest vaccination rate in the country at 42%.

Republican Gov. Kay Ivey of Alabama is overseeing the decimation of her state during a time of great trial and tribulation, but she knows what she will do with the Democratic-driven federal funds, passed through the legislature, to help fight the pandemic: she’s going to build prisons. On Monday, the Cotton State’s legislators and Gov. Ivey began talking about spending almost 20%—that’s $400 million—of its American Rescue Plan funds to build three large prisons and renovate a few others.

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