By Carla Crowder, Appleseed Executive Director BESSEMER — Alvin Kennard is a free man, home surrounded by family and friends after 36 years in an Alabama prison for a $50 robbery in 1983. He couldn’t stop smiling and thanking God for an opportunity too long coming. He says he’s grateful, overjoyed, and not mad. Mr. […]
By Phillip Ensler, Appleseed Policy Counsel CAMDEN, ALABAMA — In 1965, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. visited Wilcox County to encourage black residents to register to vote. He told them, “You are somebody.” Yet in my visits to Camden over the past few months, I learned about and witnessed the cruel effects of black families […]
By Carla Crowder, Executive Director A few weeks ago, a search dog working for Alabama’s Department of Corrections sadly died after exposure to contraband narcotics. ADOC leadership, including Commissioner Jefferson Dunn, gathered for his funeral complete with 21-gun salute, an American flag presentation, and media coverage. His name was Jake. Over the last two years, […]
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- Alvin Kennard is home. Let’s create a path for others to follow. August 30, 2019
- Separate and Unequal: Black homeowners of Camden endure decades in shoddy housing August 15, 2019
- Incarcerating people as cheaply as possible created Alabama’s unconstitutional prisons. Let’s not make the same mistake again August 6, 2019
- The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Must Protect Consumers June 3, 2019
- Passage of SB30: Ensuring Greater Access to Justice for Low-Income Alabamians May 29, 2019