Prison Overcrowding: Alabama

Below is a summary of information including: the most recent statistics from Alabama’s Department of Corrections, an overview of the state’s prison overcrowding dilemma, as well as helpful references and points of contact for those interested in resolving the problem.

Facts and Figures 

DOC Costs

  • Annual budget: $437,268,896
  • Community Corrections budget:$6,248,000
  • Average annual cost per inmate:$15,527.10

DOC Staff and Population

  • Total department active personnel: 4,044
  • Total incarcerated under DOC jurisdiction: 32,574
  • Total number of facilities: 29
  • Overall System Occupancy Rate: 189.3%
  • Average age of inmates: 38 years


  • Parole population: 9,873
  • Probation population: 54,288

Overcrowding Quick Facts

“The overall occupancy rate of Alabama Prisons is 189.3%—a rate that is very close to double of the designed capacity of all State owned facilities. The original designed capacity is the original architectural design plus renovations that added beds and upgraded facility infrastructure to support the increased number of inmates. The occupancy rate is a calculation of the number of inmates divided by the number of designed capacity beds expressed as a percentage.” (ADOC Fiscal Year 2011 Annual Report, Page 29)

Points of Contact

For general inquiries about the Department’s activities, view here.

Helpful Links

Alabama Report Fiscal Year 2012

Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles

Bureau of Justice Statistics

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact:

Cara Sullivan

Task Force Director
Commerce, Insurance, and Economic Development
& Justice Performance Project  


See also:

Arkansas Prison Overcrowding