Entries by Carla Crowder


Civil Legal Aid Funding is Not an Expense, it’s an Investment

by Phil Ensler, Policy Counsel  Victims of domestic violence, tenants facing eviction, and veterans seeking their benefits are among the thousands of low-income Alabamians who receive free legal assistance from civil legal aid attorneys because they cannot afford to hire their own attorneys. Despite the essential need for these services, Alabama is one of only […]

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“How is this not illegal?”

by Leah Nelson, researcher and Dana Sweeney, organizer Payday industry supporters have often claimed that “neither the general public nor the so called ‘poor’ [are] clamoring” for payday lending reform in Alabama. Actual borrowers might beg to differ. Between October 2016 and September 2017, the State Banking Department reported that nearly 215,000 Alabamians took out […]


Introducing Alexis Nail – 2018 Summer Intern

My name is Alexis Nail and I am from Gadsden, Alabama and an upcoming junior at Birmingham-Southern College in Birmingham, Alabama. I am a major in Political Science with a minor in Human Rights and Conflict Studies. I am currently working towards receiving a distinction in Leadership Studies on my diploma, and I plan to […]


Efforts to Expand Alabama’s Broken Death Penalty System Defeated!

by Leah Nelson, Researcher  In 1972’s Furman v. Georgia, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that death penalty schemes that led to arbitrary results – for instance, those that allowed similar offenses committed by similar individuals to lead to different sentences – were unconstitutional. The result was a de facto moratorium on the death penalty nationwide, […]


The State Legislature Failed to Increase Access to Justice for Low-Income Alabamians

by Phillip Ensler, Policy Counsel This past legislative session, Alabama Appleseed worked to improve on access to justice for low-income individuals in our state by advocating for two important pieces of legislation. While some legislators in both the House and Senate supported these bills, the full state legislature was not given the opportunity to vote on […]


Predatory Lending and the Alabama Legislature

by Dana Sweeney, Organizer There are more payday lenders and title loan stores in Alabama than hospitals, high schools, movie theaters, and county courthouses combined. Payday lending by itself is a massive industry that harms hundreds of thousands of Alabama borrowers and their families each year.   Each year, the payday lending industry leeches more […]


Victory for Tenants’ Rights

By Phillip Ensler, Policy Counsel Low-income tenants throughout Alabama will enjoy greater access to justice due to the Alabama Court of Civil Appeal’s ruling last week in Morrow v. Pake. In a decision that will affect thousands of tenants, the court reversed the Tuscaloosa Circuit Court, and ruled that tenants who are evicted have a right under […]


2018 Alabama Regular Session – Post-Session Report

The 2018 Alabama Regular Session began on January 9 and concluded on March 29. Below is a summary of key human rights legislation considered during the 2018 session.   Fair Schools, Safe Communities Campaign Legislation Our communities are safer and our schools fairer when laws and policies are grounded in evidence. It’s time for Alabama’s […]