“Baby Bill” is bogus


Hi Everyone,
 
Disturbing news today–The Sand Mountain Reporter is reporting that the Marshall County Assistant DA and the local legislative delegation are dropping a bill to up the ante on prosecuting women who use substances while pregnant by expanding the definition of the word child to include a fetus.
 
Needless to say this is exactly why AWRN has been tackling these senseless prosecutions.  It is scary (SCARY) to think that D.A.s and judges now get to make medical decisions for all of us with no medical training whatsoever.  The debate over fetus and child is a red herring to divide us on the true issue which is what is best for women, pregnancies, and babies.  The answer is always going to be treatment over jail, prison, financial punishment, etc.  There is absolutely no way someone can make a legitimate (or logical) statement that expanding the possibility of prosecuting pregnant women and new mothers is good, nor that some expansion magically makes treatment available. 
 
Do not let this piece of legislation coopt terminology from the abortion debate and apply it to a situation many women find themselves in that does not inherently have an abortion element to it; rather, many women are struggling to overcome substance use and be mothers.  This is only done to divide us and politicize a public health and maternal issue that can be solved completely outside of entering yet another debate on the definition of a child.  Simply put, women need greater and expanded access to treatment and their pregnancies also deserve to be spared the destruction of incarceration.  AWRN has actually worked with women in this situation unlike those who villanize women from afar from not being able to overcome what is a disease by themselves.  All of the women charged under this law are very young.  These prosecutions are wrong and to think that someone is seeking an expansion of prosecutions is not just unconscionable it is an expression of complete carelessness and disregard for babies, for pregnancies, and for women.  Period.
 
Shame on Marshall County legislators and the DA office for thinking so very little of women, of pregnancies, and of babies.
 
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New awrn.org


Hi Everyone,

In the days ahead there may be some interruption on the site as AWRN’s new website is launched.  The new webpage will have some placeholders for content that is not quite ready.  Still, we hope you will click around the new site and see what all AWRN can do for you and your family, as well as AWRN’s advocacy work and campaigns.

Thank you for supporting the women and families AWRN serves.

Upcoming Parole Workshops in Birmingham and Anniston


Let AWRN help you and your family prepare for an upcoming parole hearing in Alabama.

Through our Family Reunification and Parole Preparation Workshops, AWRN is able to empower families to truly understand the parole hearing opportunity and to plan for family reintegration in a safe and supportive space. Download the calendar of upcoming workshops (click here) to find out when one will be held in your area.

The workshops offer tools and resources to assist families (or practitioners) in:

  • Helping a loved one reintegrate back into society and the family
  • Understanding the parole process, including the parole hearing itself
  • Developing a comprehensive reentry plan with a loved one
  • Locating community resources

The $45 registration fee* for the workshop includes: 6.5 hours of interactive instruction with two trained facilitators; comprehensive guidebook; a 99-day reentry planning journal for the loved one in prison; and breakfast and lunch.

What past participants are saying:

“I would recommend that all loved ones of inmates attend this workshop.”

“This workshop should be provided to all reentry personnel.”

“The workshop was very informative and the presenters are very good!”

“I appreciate your service, your deep concern, and you made me feel comfortable.”

Register any of the following ways (advanced registration required):

1. Online (click the location and date you prefer):

Birmingham, January 22nd Registration

Anniston, January 29th Registration

Huntsville, February 19th Registration

2. By Mail:

Download the Registration Form (click here)

3. By Phone:

Call AWRN at (205) 916-0135 ext. 501 to register

*Please note that AWRN must charge for the workshops to sustain their availability. Any funds remaining support AWRN’s free programming for women in prison.

Vigils for Leroy White


Dear friends,

The state of Alabama has announced that it will execute Leroy White three days from today, on Thursday, January 13.

Our group Justice and Mercy for All (JAM) is sponsoring two vigils in Birmingham on that Thursday.

Political Protest

Where: Corner of Richard Arrington Blvd and 8th Street N at the East end of the Birmingham Museum of Art

Time: 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM (you are welcome to come for all or part of the time). JAM has plenty of signs so there is no need to bring your own unless you want to.

Parking: Convenient parking is found under I-20/59 behind the Museum of Art.
This vigil will be held even if there is a stay of execution.

Prayer Service

Where: Dr. Martin Luther King statue at Kelly Ingram Park across from the Civil Rights Institute corner of 6th Ave N and 16th St N

Time: 5:45 PM to 6:15 PM

Parking: Plentiful parking is found on either of the cross streets
This vigil will not be held if there is a stay of execution.

We invite you to join us for either or both of these vigils.

Thank you for your opposition to the death penalty.

Cordially,

Fisher Humphreys

_________________________
JAM (Justice and Mercy for All)
Mary’s House
2107 Avenue G
Birmingham, Alabama 35218
205.780.2020

Upcoming Parole Preparation Workshops: Birmingham, Anniston


Let AWRN help you and your family prepare for an upcoming parole hearing in Alabama.

Through our Family Reunification and Parole Preparation Workshops, AWRN is able to empower families to truly understand the parole hearing opportunity and to plan for family reintegration in a safe and supportive space. Download the calendar of upcoming workshops (click here) to find out when one will be held in your area.

The workshops offer tools and resources to assist families (or practitioners) in:

  • Helping a loved one reintegrate back into society and the family
  • Understanding the parole process, including the parole hearing itself
  • Developing a comprehensive reentry plan with a loved one
  • Locating community resources

The $45 registration fee* for the workshop includes: 6.5 hours of interactive instruction with two trained facilitators; comprehensive guidebook; a 99-day reentry planning journal for the loved one in prison; and breakfast and lunch.

What past participants are saying:

“I would recommend that all loved ones of inmates attend this workshop.”

“This workshop should be provided to all reentry personnel.”

“The workshop was very informative and the presenters are very good!”

“I appreciate your service, your deep concern, and you made me feel comfortable.”

Register any of the following ways (advanced registration required):

1. Online (click the location and date you prefer):

Birmingham, January 22nd Registration

Anniston, January 29th Registration

2. By Mail:

Download the Registration Form (click here)

3. By Phone:

Call AWRN at (205) 916-0135 ext. 501 to register

*Please note that AWRN must charge for the workshops to sustain their availability. Any funds remaining support AWRN’s free programming for women in prison.

 

The Question Must Be Asked: What is Going on in Houston Co.?


Read this from today’s Montgomery Advertiser:

“DOTHAN — A Houston County judge sentenced a Dothan teenager to 15 years in prison for the armed robbery of a man with a toy gun.

Police arrested 19-year-old Steffon Parresse Tolver last April and charged him with first-degree robbery. Circuit Court Judge Butch Binford issued the sentence on Wednesday.

Defense attorney Matt Lamere asked for a minimum sentence, saying his client didn’t have a weapon and that nothing was stolen during the robbery.

Assistant Houston County District Attorney Banks Smith said Tolver faced 10 to 99 years or life in prison for armed robbery, but because the gun wasn’t real he did not face enhanced punishment.”

Fifteen years?  According to quick calculations using ADOC’s incarceration cost figures from 2008, it is going to cost upwards of $75,000 to house Mr. Tolver in prison for a minimum third of his sentence (probably the earliest he will receive a parole hearing) when he didn’t even use a weapon or actually take any property.

Have a Parole Hearing Coming Up?


Let AWRN help you and your family prepare for an upcoming parole hearing in Alabama.

Through our Family Reunification and Parole Preparation Workshops, AWRN is able to empower families to truly understand the parole hearing opportunity and to plan for family reintegration in a safe and supportive space. Download the calendar of upcoming workshops (click here) to find out when one will be held in your area.

The workshops offer tools and resources to assist families (or practitioners) in:

  • Helping a loved one reintegrate back into society and the family
  • Understanding the parole process, including the parole hearing itself
  • Developing a comprehensive reentry plan with a loved one
  • Locating community resources

The $45 registration fee* for the workshop includes: 6.5 hours of interactive instruction with two trained facilitators; comprehensive guidebook; a 99-day reentry planning journal for the loved one in prison; and breakfast and lunch.

What past participants are saying:

“I would recommend that all loved ones of inmates attend this workshop.”

“This workshop should be provided to all reentry personnel.”

“The workshop was very informative and the presenters are very good!”

“I appreciate your service, your deep concern, and you made me feel comfortable.”

 

Register any of the following ways (advanced registration required):

 

1. Online (click the location and date you prefer):

Birmingham, January 22nd Registration

Anniston, January 29th Registration

 

2. By Mail:

Download the Registration Form (click here)

 

3. By Phone:

Call AWRN at (205) 916-0135 ext. 501 to register

 

*Please note that AWRN must charge for the workshops to sustain their availability. Any funds remaining support AWRN’s free programming for women in prison.