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Mike Cason | 10/3/2019
There are no easy or free fixes for Alabama’s prison and criminal justice systems, the executive director of the Alabama Sentencing Commission told a group studying the problems today.
Bennet Wright gave a slide show presentation about the growth and occasional declines in Alabama’s prison population over several decades and rankings of the most common offenses that put inmates behind bars.
Wright spoke to the Governor’s Study Group on Criminal Justice Policy, which met for the third time at the Alabama State House.
Joshua Johnson | 11/14/2019
Alabama’s prison system is the deadliest in the nation.
Fifteen inmates died by suicide there in 15 months — from December 2017 to this March. The homicide rate inside that system is six times the national average.
The Justice Department has condemned these conditions. This April, the DOJ released a report on the men’s section of the prisons that detailed widespread violence, sexual assault, overcrowding and understaffing.
How did things get so bad? And what can be done about it?
Eddie Burkhalter | 1/14/2020
An Alabama nonprofit is one of six social justice organizations to have recently received a grant from the NFL’s Inspire Change initiative.
The Alabama Appleseed Center for Law and Justice in Montgomery was selected by a joint group of NFL players and owners to receive one of the grants, which the nonprofit will use toward the organization’s Fair Schools, Safe Communities campaign, which is working to dismantle the state’s schools-to-prison pipeline, according to the nonprofit’s website.
“This grant is going to make a significant difference in our work for justice and equity in Alabama. Appleseed is a group of lawyers and research nerds so to get support from the NFL was a thrilling surprise for us,” said Carla Crowder, executive director of Alabama Appleseed, in a message to APR on Saturday.
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