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.

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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.

 

Scott Sisters Will Soon Be Freed


A Victory for the People…

Today, at long last, Gov. Haley Barbour announced he will pardon Jamie and Gladys Scott  and recommend their immediate release.

From Jackson, Mississippi to Birmingham, Alabama to Harlem, New York and all across this land you raised your voices, you marched, petitioned, emailed and stayed on line. Many of you were at SHROC in Birmingham December 10 – 12 2010 when we called upon organizers and activists to send letters to Gov Haley Barbour to demand the immediate release of the Scott Sisters. Now that these sisters, unjustly held as captives, will soon go home and a peoples  victory is at hand, we wanted to share the news with all those who tirelessly worked for this day.

We salute Evelyn Rasco, mother of Jamie and Gladys Scott, and all those who never gave up. But most of all we salute Jamie and Gladys for their courage, their strength and their resolve to never compromise.  Now, we will join with all freedom fighters to welcome them home!

In solidarity…

Southern Human Rights Organizers’ Network
213 Main Street
Greenville, MS 38701
662-334-1416
www.southernhumanrights.org

 

New awrn.org underway (and almost ready to go!)


Hi Everyone!

AWRN has been developing a more functional website and in the weeks ahead the new and improved awrn.org will be up and running.

Some new features to look for:

1. Program Areas:  The new website will have AWRN’s program areas separated into categories such as programs for women in prison, programs for loved ones of AL state prisoners, and programs for women who are not incarcerated.

2. Upcoming Events page: This online calendar will give you an overview of all of AWRN’s upcoming workshops and events.  Visitors will be able to click through to review the event’s details and register online for workshops.

3. Advocacy Campaigns: This page will house all information AWRN has collected and/or developed pertaining to its ongoing campaigns.  This will serve as a policy resource area for lawmakers, practitioners, advocates, students, media, and the public.

AWRN sincerely appreciates your advocacy, dedication, and passion!