MONTGOMERY — More public funding for pretrial diversion programs and reclassification of certain violent crimes are among the recommended policy changes the Governor’s Study Group on Criminal Justice Policy plans to consider to improve the state’s crowded and dangerous prison system.

Alabama’s cities and counties will likely be on opposite sides of legislation in 2020 regarding police jurisdictions, those 1.5- and 3-mile borders around some cities where residents and businesses get municipal services like fire and police protection at a reduced cost.

MONTGOMERY — Recently unemployed Alabamians will see a slight increase in their weekly unemployment compensation checks, but the number of weeks they are able to receive them has decreased since a new law went into effect Jan. 1.

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