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Alabamians Celebrate a Win for People Leaving Prison

Alabamians Celebrate a Win for People Leaving Prison

Tucked away in the new prison reform law that Gov. Robert Bentley signed last week on May 21 is a big win for second chances in Alabama: an end to the state’s lifetime eligibility bans for SNAP and TANF assistance for people with a past felony drug conviction. It’s a win on an issue that has [...]
Punting on Alabama Prison Reform Will Have CostsSpring cleaning sometimes turns up surprises. While reorganizing my desk recently, I found a 25-year-old report on one of today’s hottest policy topics: reform of Alabama’s overcrowded prison system. Sadly, many of its recommendations are still applicable today. Stuffed amid other documents, the 1990 report by the Public Affairs Research Council of Alabama (PARCA) boasted [...]
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Special Series: A Mom Makes ‘Space’ for Positive Change“The power of Santrecheel’s facilitation … is her ability to light other people’s fire, especially young people and parents, to be leaders, to be active and to be accountable to a larger movement for freedom.” That description is from her colleagues, who work with 23-year-old Santrecheel Graham on social justice issues at Project South in [...]
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A Civil Rights Law Passes in Little Rock, ArkansasLITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Little Rock officials voted Tuesday to prohibit the city and companies contracting with it from discriminating based on sexual orientation or gender identity, challenging a new Arkansas law criticized as anti-gay. The ordinance approved by the city’s board on a 7-2 vote bans discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender [...]
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Fatal College Shooting Could be Hate Crime, N.C. Police SayGOLDSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Police said Tuesday they were investigating the fatal shooting of a gay community college worker as a possible hate crime. The shooting victim, 44-year-old campus print shop director Ron Lane, was gunned down by former student Kenneth Morgan Stancil III on Monday morning, police said. Lane dismissed Stancil from the print [...]
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Bus Rider Feedback is Crucial to Good Public TransitAs the buses started to roll in Clayton County, Georgia, a crowd of onlookers stood by with joy, pride and excitement in their eyes, pleased at what they were able to accomplish. Clayton County residents voted last fall to approve a one-cent sales tax increase to become the third county in Georgia that the Metropolitan [...]
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A Funeral Is Held for Ex-Slave, 150 Years After Civil WarAPPOMATTOX, Va. (AP) — A Civil War cannonball that ripped through Hannah Reynolds’ master’s cabin made her a footnote of misfortune, the lone civilian death at the Battle of Appomattox Court House. She died a slave at 60, hours before the war to end slavery unofficially came to a close. A century and a half later, Reynolds’ [...]
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A Miss. Hate Crime Leads to Prison for Two WomenJACKSON, Miss. (AP) — In a hearing that lasted more than five hours Thursday, a federal judge sentenced two women to the maximum prison terms for their roles in the 2011 death of James Craig Anderson, the last of a series of White-on-Black attacks. U.S. District Judge Henry T. Wingate went out of his way [...]
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When De’Marcous Moton was 5 years old, he and his school principal engaged in a conversation that has stayed with him ever since. “My principal said, ‘You have something on the inside that only you control. You know whether you want to use it or abuse it,’” he recalls. “‘I think you should use it [...]
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Police Officer in S.C. Charged With Murder of Black ManCHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A White South Carolina police officer was charged with murder Tuesday, hours after law enforcement officials viewed a dramatic video that appears to show him shooting a fleeing Black man several times in the back. North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey announced the charges at a hastily called news conference in which [...]
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