Caroline Beck |8/19/2021
A new state commission studying how to help released inmates stay out of prison spent much of a meeting Wednesday working on a definition of recidivism that all state agencies can use.
Carla Crowder, the executive director at Alabama Appleseed Center for Law & Justice, was also in attendance at Wednesday’s meeting. She told Alabama Daily News that in considering a definition for recidivism, she hopes the commission also considers those who are sent back to prison just because of technical parole violations.
“An activity that might not lead to jail for someone like me, but could trigger something else for those on parole,” Crowder said. “There are just so many more pitfalls for them.”
Evan Weinberger | 8/16/2021
Payday lenders who became unintended casualties of the pandemic are eagerly awaiting the end to most government relief programs, but those who follow the industry say some high-cost loans may never fully rebound.
“Everybody wants to get back to normal,” said Dana Sweeney, an organizer at Alabama Appleseed Center for Law and Justice, an advocacy group. “But nobody wants to get back to loans that have a 456% APR.”
Eddie Burkhalter | 7/22/2021
Champ Napier is the exception.
An Alabama nonprofit that advocates for the incarcerated and recently released has asked the federal government to allow federal COVID-19 aid to be used to aid their reentry, invest in drug courts and diversion programs and relieve court-imposed fines and fees.
“We know 7,000 to 8,000 people leave the prison system each year and return to communities and neighborhoods across the state,” said Carla Crowder, Alabama Appleseed’s executive director.