Entries by Carla Crowder

Another incarcerated man killed at Elmore prison, where an ADOC sergeant faces murder changes

By Eddie Burkhalter, Appleseed Researcher An Alabama Department of Corrections officer was arrested Thursday and charged with murder in connection with the death of an incarcerated man, who had nearly completed a 20-year sentence. The violence occurred at Elmore Correctional Facility, the site of numerous incidents of unlawful brutality by correctional staff toward incarcerated people. […]

Appleseed’s 2023 Legislative Recap

By Frederick Spight, Policy Director The dust has finally settled and the 2023 Legislative session has ended. We wanted to provide a recap of our legislative priorities, efforts, and initiatives. This session was different, beginning with a special session to disburse the remaining ARPA funds. There were many twists and turns, but overall we have […]

Suicides Persist in Alabama’s Unconstitutional Prisons

By Eddie Burkhalter, Appleseed Researcher Two men in two separate Alabama prisons attempted suicide on Sunday. One of the men, 34-year-old Steven Craig Seay, died at St. Clair Correctional Facility, the Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) confirmed for Appleseed. The other man, a 32-year-old, survived and was taken from Donaldson Correctional Facility to a local […]

New Alabama Department of Corrections Reporting Requirement Reveals Over 5000 Weapons, Including Firearms, Confiscated at Prisons

By Eddie Burkhalter, Appleseed Researcher A 2021 law requiring enhanced reporting by the Alabama Department of Corrections has now produced a full year’s worth of data with detailed reporting on weapons, including firearms, at Alabama’s prisons.   A total of nine firearms were confiscated by the Alabama Department of Corrections last year, one of which […]

“It probably just says ‘Baby Boy.’” An Odyssey Through Reentry from Prison Without Access to a Birth Certificate

Late last year, Larry Garrett was released from Holman Correctional Facility after 38 years of incarceration. It would take more than four months, dozens of phone calls, multiple records requests, and loads of patience to secure the most basic document he needed to move on with his life – his birth certificate. Here is the […]

Why this report?

As victim’s rights week draws to a close, we would like to share a bit more about why we published Afterward, who we are, and what we hope will come next. By Leah Nelson, Research Director Alabama Appleseed has built a reputation for thoughtfully elevating issues at the intersection of poverty, racism, and mass incarceration […]