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Prisons get education funds

• AP
The biggest recipient of Alabama’s federal stimulus dollars for education isn’t a school system or college. It’s the state prison system.

An analysis by the Press-Register in Mobile revealed that the state Department of Corrections has received $118 million of Alabama’s $1.1 billion in federal stimulus funds for education since 2009. Officials said the money covered health care costs for 26,000 inmates and salaries and benefits for about 4,200 corrections officers and other employees for 3½ months.


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