Brewbaker bill will end judicial override in capital murder cases

January 9, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

In Alabama, even when a jury recommends someone only receive life in prison, a trial judge in a capital murder case can ignore that recommendation and impose the death penalty. Sen. Dick Brewbaker (R-Montgomery) wants to change this practice, known as “judicial override.”

“The US Supreme Court has made it pretty clear that they do not like it and think this is a bad practice,” said Brewbaker in a phone interview with The Alabama Political Reporter. “Now that Delaware and Florida have gotten rid of it, Alabama is the only state that still practices it.”
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The Mental Health Problem is Rapidly Becoming a Crisis

February 12, 2015

By Representative Christopher England

I think I have seen enough.

I have watched over the years as the Alabama Department of Mental Health and the state of Alabama has closed facility after facility all over the state on the promise that the cost savings would be re-invested back into the community.

Supposedly, the money saved would go towards shrinking waiting lists of thousands for services and creating a better network of care for individuals back in their home communities. In Tuscaloosa, we fought them because we realized that they were making empty promises and writing checks on an already overdrawn account. Unfortunately, we lost Partlow. However, with the effort of the entire community and after years of hard work and struggle, we were able to save Bryce Hospital.
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Rep. Chris England Speaks About Technical Schools and the Immigration Bill

February 21, 2012

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

The following is the second part of an interview conducted with Rep. Chris England. 

APR: One of the things that PARCA has done is a fairly exhaustive study where there is a overlay where they have schools that are failing and over that you look at the crime rate and it’s higher. And then naturally, you look at the correctional institutions in that area and they are more heavily populated. So, there is no doubt that there is a correlation between poor education, crime and overcrowding of correctional facilities. So, it doesn’t take a genius to figure out if we can fix one then the other two should improve. I just find that fascinating.
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Interview, Part 1: Rep. Chris England, Charter Schools

January 29, 2012

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Recently we had the pleasure of speaking with Representative Christopher John England (D) from Tuscaloosa. Rep. England is a man with a mastery of the issues that he champions. His insight sheds light on his thinking toward upcoming legislation and even perhaps the thinking of many in his party.

APR: I was recently a part of forum on school choice, Bill Cosby was the guest speaker. I was able to ask Mr. Cosby about school choice and the prevailing argument made by the AEA and others that if we allow school choice in Alabama then the most disadvantaged and particularly communities of color are going to suffer if there are charter schools and/or school choice. He and the woman who was moderating the event went on sort of a tirade about how that is not true based on the results that they have seen. They said that, if implemented properly, disadvantaged children prospered under school choice and particularly charter schools. I suppose you would disagree with their assertion?
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