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The weed was medicinal. The 23-year-old father of two bought it from a website called Be Pain Free Global after being hit by an 18-wheeler truck more than two years ago. But in Phenix City, Alabama, where he lives, weed for any purpose is still illegal, and cops arrested him on serious drug charges last year. They also took his Dodge Challenger, nearly $6,000 in cash, and his licensed guns for good measure
Mary Sell | 2/3/2021
A new report urges Alabama leaders to change state laws that mean “death in prison sentences” for inmates convicted of crimes in which victims were not injured.
“Condemned,” from the Alabama Appleseed Center for Law and Justice, details how Alabama’s Habitual Felony Offender Act is more punitive than most other Southern states’ laws and how keeping these men — many of them now senior citizens — in prisons is costing the state millions of dollars in medical care.
“We hope (lawmakers and other officials) realize that hundreds of people are still trapped in life without parole sentences for crimes where there was no physical injury and who if sentenced today would do a fraction of their current sentences,” Appleseed Executive Director Carla Crowder told Alabama Daily News. READ MORE
Morgan Simon | 2/1/2021
Today, Alabama Governor Kay Ivey signed a new major contract with private prison company CoreCivic, kicking off a $3B plan to construct three new prisons in the state. This weekend presented a wrench in that plan: Regions Bank, the largest bank in Alabama, announced that it plans to terminate its financing relationship with CoreCivic.
Carla Crowder, Executive Director of the Alabama Appleseed Center for Law and Justice, explained that Alabama has been trapped in a vicious cycle of incarcerating more people than it can pay for—let alone, treat with dignity—for decades. In general, Alabama’s incarceration rate is 36% higher than the national average, and the fifth highest in the nation. READ MORE
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- Welcome Megan Cheek! Appleseed’s New Communications and Development Associate Brings Years of Nonprofit Experience to Her Role March 30, 2021
- Quan Holt’s Good Samaritan actions cost him his left leg, his mobility, and his health. Alabama’s civil forfeiture laws cost him nearly everything else. February 21, 2021
- Appleseed’s Legislative Priorities 2021 February 1, 2021
- “I’m experiencing a rebirth, a second chance at life, and every day has been a blessing.” January 25, 2021
- Introducing Appleseed’s legal extern Allen Slater January 14, 2021