- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 19, 2014

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A spokeswoman for Gov. Robert Bentley says he’s supportive of $250,000 added to the state General Fund budget for hiring a prison ombudsman in the governor’s office.

Senate budget committee Chairman Arthur Orr added the money to the General Fund budget when his committee approved it on Wednesday. Orr says the ombudsman would start by focusing on complaints from inmates at Tutwiler Prison for women in Wetumpka. Some inmates at Tutwiler have complained about sexual abuse. Orr says the ombudsman would give the governor a direct line to what’s going on in Tutwiler.

The governor’s spokeswoman, Jennifer Ardis, says Bentley worked with Orr on the prison appropriation.

The General Fund budget now goes to the Senate for consideration.

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