Entries by ALSeed@dmin2


Civil Rights Groups Sue 49 Alabama Sheriffs for Access to Public Records Showing How Sheriffs Personally Profit from Funds Allocated for Feeding People in Jail

On Friday, January 5, 2018, the Southern Center for Human Rights and Alabama Appleseed Center for Law and Justice filed Southern Center for Human Rights and Alabama Appleseed Center for Law and Justice v. Kenneth Ellis, et al., a lawsuit in state court challenging the refusal of 49 Alabama sheriffs to produce public records showing whether, and if so by […]

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2018 Alabama Regular Session – Pre-Session Report

Alabama Appleseed is a non-profit, non-partisan 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1999 whose mission is to achieve justice and equity for all Alabamians. Alabama Appleseed is a member of the national Appleseed Network, which includes 18 Appleseed Centers across the U.S. and in Mexico City. The 2018 Alabama Regular Session will begin on January 9, 2018. […]

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The Constitutional Right to Counsel: Is it being upheld in Alabama?

The United States Constitution is clear. In criminal cases, the accused have a right to a lawyer. Our Constitution affords this protection in order to ensure that individuals are not wrongfully or unfairly deprived of their liberty. Yet there is question as to whether this fundamental 6th Amendment right is being upheld in Alabama. Throughout the […]


Diverse Groups Hold Forum on Civil Asset Forfeiture

In advance of the 2018 Alabama legislative session, panelists detail solutions to law enforcement’s unfair seizure of property. Birmingham, AL – A diverse coalition of groups that oppose the law enforcement practice of seizing property from citizens without first obtaining a criminal conviction held an educational forum today, arguing that the Alabama State Legislature should […]


Prison Construction is the Wrong Approach for Alabama, Says Alabama Appleseed

Montgomery, AL – Today the Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) announced a plan to hire a project management team to construct new prison facilities and renovate existing facilities. This announcement follows unsuccessful attempts in 2016 and 2017 to pass prison construction legislation through the Alabama Legislature. “Alabama has a choice – it can embrace evidence-based […]

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Alabama Appleseed Urges Governor Ivey to Rethink Alabama’s Drug Policy

Montgomery, AL – The following statement is by Frank Knaack, executive director of Alabama Appleseed, regarding Governor Ivey’s decision to award $1.3 million to establish the Alabama Drug Enforcement Task Force: “After more than 45 years of the War on Drugs, one thing is clear – we cannot prosecute our way out of drug use. Approximately […]

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​Alabama’s Death Penalty Process is Broken

On Thursday, October 19, the state of Alabama executed Torrey Twayne McNabb by lethal injection, using a secret execution protocol that has repeatedly resulted in botched procedures. The execution did not go well. After reassuring his family that he was not afraid, Mr. McNabb was injected with midazolam, a valium-like sedative, and executioners twice conducted […]