NY Times: Law Has Little Effect on Early Release for Inmates


“In Alabama, where prisons are at double their capacity, four sick inmates were let out on compassionate release in fiscal 2009; 35 other prisoners in Alabama died while their applications were being reviewed.”–NY Times

Read the full article here.

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Southern Education Foundation Internship


The Southern Education Foundation has been an invaluable partner in spreading awareness of the many factors that contribute to imprisonment in Alabama.  This summer, SEF is offering an incredible opportunity.  Read below.

ANNOUNCEMENT

SEF Social Justice and Education Internships

2010 Southern Education Leadership Initiative

June 9, 2010 – August 4, 2010

The Southern Education Foundation (SEF), www.southerneducation.org, is reaching out to tomorrow’s leaders, through the 2010 Southern Education Leadership Initiative.  We are seeking outstanding upperclassmen, graduate and law school students to apply for this wonderful opportunity.  SEF is now accepting applications through March 19, 2010.

The aims of the Southern Education Leadership Initiative are to: 

  • expose the South’s best and brightest college students to contemporary strategies being mounted by the policy, non-profit, foundation and business sectors to improve education opportunity and quality;
  • provide such students with inspiration, information, and a top quality work experience at leading organizations involved in cutting edge policy and practice efforts to address education problems;
  • develop students’ research and leadership skills by providing a forum for independent research and study and for the sharing of knowledge gathered and lessons learned with peers on campus, in the community or the workplace; and

Students will be placed in leading policy institutes, non-profit organizations, foundations, and corporations, helping to build awareness of the interdependence of groups and communities, and the need to improve public education for low-income students as a means to enhance the quality of civic life, democratic participation, and economic growth.  Since 2004, 103 students have been placed at various sites including CARE USA, Georgia Pacific Foundation, Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund, Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation, William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation, Foundation for the Mid South, Center for Women Policy Studies, Academy for Educational Development, Southern Regional Education Board, Assisi Foundation, and the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta. Through this effort, SEF is exposing the next generation of leaders to opportunities to use their talents in service to the public interest.

To learn more about the Initiative, please see our report, Growing Our Own: Education Leadership for a New Era.

To download an application please click here.

Online Petition for a Permanent Commission on Girls and Women in the Criminal Justice System


Hi Everyone! 

Jump to Change.org to send Alabama legislators and Alabama’s Governor a letter calling for the permanency of the Commission on Girls and Women in the Criminal Justice System. AWRN serves as an advocate voice on the Commission, and the women we serve have seen and experienced real changes because of the Commission.   

Don’t let the progress stop!  Sign the petition and send your letters today!

Permanency of Commission on Girls and Women in the Criminal Justice System Depends on YOU


Under existing law, the Commission on Girls and Women in the Criminal Justice System was created by joint resolution and will dissolve in 2010. 

Your assistance is needed in making the Commission on Girls and Women in the Criminal Justice System a permanent commission. 

Please write a letter (sample below) and submit it to your state legislators, asking that they support this year’s bill that will provide for the Commission on Girls and Women in the Criminal Justice System to be a permanent commission.

You can easily locate the names of your legislators by visiting the following links and searching by your zip code:

Alabama State House: Type your zip code into the field on the left side of the page marked “Find Your Legislator”

Alabama State Senate: Type your zip code into the field on the left side of the page marked “Find Your Legislator”

Read the Commission’s 2008 report and recommendations for making Alabama’s criminal justice system gender-responsive here.

Sample Letter:

Under existing law, the Commission on Girls and Women in the Criminal Justice System was created by joint resolution and will dissolve in 2010. 

Your assistance is needed in making the Commission on Girls and Women in the Criminal Justice System a permanent commission.  Complete this postcard to be delivered to your state legislators, asking that they support this year’s bill that will provide for the Commission on Girls and Women in the Criminal Justice System to become a permanent commission.

Name of state legislator recipient:

Your name and address:

        
        
 
 

Listen TODAY: NPR’s All Things Considered on Bail


3pm TODAY: All Things Considered reports on ever-increasing bail amounts that keep persons charged with crimes (not convicted) in jails for months and months pre-trial.

Senate Committee Passes National Criminal Justice Commission Act of 2009


The bi-partisan National Criminal Justice Commission Act of 2009 (S. 714) was passed out of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary today by voice vote. The legislation, sponsored by Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.) would create a commission to conduct a thorough evaluation of the nation’s justice system and offer recommendations for reform at every stage of the criminal justice system.

The establishment of such a commission could not come at a more critical time. With 2.3 million people in prisons and jails, the United States has the highest incarceration rate in the world. Federal and state governments spend more than $50 billion each year on corrections, and the population behind bars continues to grow.

A new approach to crime prevention is necessary and the time for reform is upon us.

The commission created by this legislation would establish an organized and proactive approach to studying and advancing programs and policies that promote public safety, while overhauling those practices that are found to be fundamentally flawed.

Events highlight issues facing imprisoned women


Please click here to read coverage of last week’s WOmen in Prison Awareness Week at the University of Alabama.  AWRN thanks the event partners, the Tuscaloosa community, and the women we serve for the week’s success!  Please visit our Be the Link in Your Community page to find out how YOU can become involved.