Eight $100 million ideas for prison reform in Alabama

May 4, 2016

By Stephen Cooper

Instead of wrapping an $800 million ($1.5 billion over 30 years) albatross around the necks of Alabamians to build four new “super-max” style prisons, here are eight $100 million dollar ideas, each of which, I respectfully submit, are more efficient and morally sound ways to tackle Alabama’s prison problems:

1. Write a check for $100 million right now and give it to attorney Bryan Stevenson and his organization, The Equal Justice Initiative (EJI). Everyone knows that if this ill-advised prison construction plan continues its dizzying flight forward that, when it goes bad, it will be EJI who will ring the alarm bell — as they’ve done before, through the filing of federal lawsuits. Why wait? Why not go ahead and give EJI $100 million bucks right now together with a mandate to use that dough to implement the many, many prison reforms it has been calling for, for many, many years?
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Alabama Appleseed Honors Fred D. Gray at Annual Brewer-Torbert Public Service Award Event

April 9, 2014

Staff Report

Alabama Appleseed Center for Law and Justice, Inc. is proud to announce the annual Brewer-Torbert Public Service Award Luncheon to be held on Thursday, April 10. Alabama Appleseed will present its award to nationally recognized civil rights attorney Fred David Gray at a noontime luncheon at The Harbert Center in Birmingham, Ala. The featured award presentation speaker will be Bryan Stevenson, Founder and Executive Director, of the Equal Justice Initiative. The media is invited to attend.
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Rally at State House Supporting Payday Loan Legislation (w/video)

February 7, 2014

By Lee Hedgepeth
Alabama Political Reporter

Citizen-activists and lawmakers gathered on the steps of the State House this week in support of a package of bills that would curb what they see as predatory payday and title lending practices.

Groups including Alabama Appleseed, the AARP of Alabama, the Alabama NAACP, the Vulcan Legal Group, and the Alabama Federation of Republican Women were all represented at the event, spotlighting the bipartisan nature of the effort.
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