Weekend Rally for Huntsville’s Hall

If you’re in Huntsville this Saturday, stop by Huntsville Train Depot (320 Church Street) for a Blues and Ballots Rally for Representative Laura Hall. Representative Hall has always stepped up to help women in prison, and to look for real solutions to our state’s problems. She fought hard in the legislature to make sure our women were returned to Alabama when 300 women from Tutwiler Prison were sent off to a private prison in Louisiana in 2003.


The Cost of Prison for a Non-Violent Offender

Yesterday’s Tuscaloosa News ran an incredible story about Johnny Holley Jr., a man who served almost 29 years for stealing a toolbox.  Alabama taxpayers paid dearly for the decision to incarcerate Mr. Holley for so long: 

“Using today’s rate of $15,223 per prisoner per year, it cost Alabama taxpayers around $441,000 to keep Holley in prison for 29 years.”

 Many of the women currently serving time in Alabama’s prison system are doing long sentences under the Habitual Offender Act, the same legislation that kept Mr. Holley locked up for 29 years. 

Read the full article here.

AWRN Internship Opportunity

Internship with AWRN

AWRN is seeking an intern to work in our Birmingham, Alabama office this summer with the possibility of continuing in the fall.  The internship is unpaid, but school credit is possible. 

The intern will gain a wide range of experience, including organizational planning and management, campaign coordination, advocacy tool development, direct legislative advocacy experience, public relations skills, and the opportunity to work in a mentor-style relationship with AWRN’s Coordinator.  This position is ideal for someone who is interested in working in the human rights, investigative journalism, non-profit, criminal justice or legal fields as the intern will be meeting with a wide range of stakeholders across Alabama.

The ideal candidate will have the following attributes:

  • A commitment to AWRN’s mission
  • Current enrollment in a college or university degree program or recently received a degree
  • A positive attitude
  • Willingness to work unpredictable, flexible hours (up to 20 hrs per week)—the position may require some evening and weekend hours
  • Graphic design and web skills: an interest in print advocacy and blogging is a must, experience with WordPress a bonus
  • Experience writing for publications such as school newspapers or blogs
  • Experience working on campaigns or working as a volunteer with a service provider (e.g. food banks, job training groups, charity walks, etc.)
  • Academic or professional experience in the fields of criminal justice, law, human rights, community service provision, journalism, or development will also be a plus as AWRN is active in all of these areas
  • Active involvement in student groups or community volunteer groups
  • Experience working with government officials and organizational leaders preferred, but not required

How to apply:

Please send a cover letter detailing your interest in the position and how the position will help you grow in your own work and interests. Include your resume and your full contact information.  Those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Submit your materials to Catherine Roden-Jones, Coordinator, at crodenjones@awrn.org

Application deadline: June 15, 2009

Welcome to AWRN’s New Website

Dear Friends of AWRN,

Greetings from our new office in Birmingham, Alabama! Along with our new location has come many other exciting new tools to take action with AWRN. Here is an overview of information contained on our website:

AWRN Blog: When you visit awrn.org, the main page will operate as a blog that will feature articles written by AWRN members on their work, advocacy, and news pertaining to AWRN’s mission. Each blog entry will allow you to leave comments for the author, as well as other readers, in order to spark further discussion. The AWRN Blog will always be a respectful space for discussion.

AWRN Action: This page, accessed by clicking the “AWRN Action” tab on the main page, will contain AWRN’s current action focus and ways to become or stay involved.

AWRN Events: This page, accessed by clicking the “AWRN Events” tab on the main page, will contain a list of AWRN’s upcoming events. Members are encouraged to contact AWRN and let us know about any upcoming events that AWRN may participate in.

Other tabs on the main page contain information about AWRN’s history, mission and approach, contact information, and membership. AWRN encourages all interested to print information from this website to further our mission.

AWRN E-mail List: Located on the left side of the main page, this link will allow you to register to receive AWRN’s E-Newsletter. The E-Newsletter will contain monthly information about AWRN’s current actions, as well as other special features.

As always, AWRN sincerely appreciates your interest in our growing movement to reduce the number of women in prison in Alabama, and build family and community resources as viable alternatives to imprisonment. We appreciate your continued involvement and look forward to hearing from you!


AWRN Members and Staff