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Latest ACCA Podcast Talks Prisons, Disaster Money

Written by on March 1, 2023

The Association of County Commissions of Alabama (ACCA) has released the February episode of the 2 North Jackson Podcast, featuring discussions on the state’s corrections system, federal disaster recovery funds, and safety advancements for county drivers.

The podcast, hosted by ACCA Executive Director Sonny Brasfield, features guest experts discussing important topics affecting Alabama’s counties. This month’s guests include Bennet Wright, Executive Director of the Alabama Sentencing Commission, Hon. Rhondel Rhone, Clarke County Commissioner, and Mary Kay Fraze, Vice President of County Risk Services.

Wright kicks off the podcast by discussing the current condition of Alabama’s corrections system, covering topics such as prison overcrowding, inmate rehabilitation, and sentencing reform. He emphasizes the burden of healthcare costs on the corrections system, poor retention rate for correctional officers while also advocating for a better criminal justice system in the state.

Following Wright, Hon. Rhondel Rhone, Clarke County Commissioner, discussed the impact of Hurricane Zeta on Clarke County, Alabama. He emphasized the importance of federal disaster recovery funds in helping communities recover from natural disasters like Hurricane Zeta and Hurricane Sally. Sonny Brasfield, ACCA Executive Director, states that Alabama had received around $500 million from the Federal Government to aid in recovery efforts, and the ACCA would play a vital role in distributing these funds across seven counties in southwest Alabama. Rhone praised the ACCA’s efforts and highlighted the organization’s continued support in helping counties recover and rebuild after disasters.

Finally, Fraze discusses safety advancements for those driving or operating county vehicles and equipment and a simulator purchased to aide in those advancements.

The ACCA is a statewide organization representing Alabama’s 67 counties and their elected officials. The organization provides advocacy, training, and resources to support county governments and promote the interests of county residents.

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