Entries by Carla Crowder


Welcome Intern Ella Cobbs

My name is Ella Cobbs, and I am so incredibly excited to be interning with Alabama Appleseed this summer! I am a rising senior at Sewanee: The University of the South pursuing an English major, minors in Politics and French, and a certificate in Civic and Global Leadership.  I have lived in Birmingham, Alabama for […]


Welcome to Intern Justin McCleskey

I’m Justin McCleskey and I’m excited to start my internship with Alabama Appleseed over the summer! I completed my bachelors degree in political science at the University of Alabama and am in my second year as a master’s student in public administration. As a first generation college student, I have to admit I stumbled into academia rather […]

Appleseed Welcomes Intern Meghan McLeroy

Ten years ago, I interviewed for a college scholarship in front of a large panel of interviewers. I intended to enter college with the goal of becoming a criminal defense attorney. One of the interviewers asked me, “How could you ever defend someone who was guilty?” Reader, I wish I could tell you I had […]


Appleseed Welcomes Intern Mercedes Davis

My name is Mercedes Davis, and it is with so much gratitude that I announce my internship with Alabama Appleseed this summer. I am a rising 2L at Cumberland School of Law and hold a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.  My interest in criminal justice reform, specifically prison […]

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Finding Gratitude on Tax Day

by Catherine Alexander-Wright, MSW, LICSW, Alabama Appleseed Social Worker April 15 along with its not-so-much-recognized but equally-dreaded friend April 18 can be, let’s be honest, a negative experience ranging from nuisance to financial hardship. Regardless of one’s thoughts, opinions, or feelings about taxes, I doubt that tax day is anyone’s favorite date other than – […]

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Alabama will be the second Southern state to allow formerly incarcerated people 6 months to get back on their feet after release. Here’s why that matters – and here’s how it happened.

By: Akiesha Anderson, Alabama Appleseed Policy Director Last summer, when I traveled to Auburn to celebrate Senator Tom Whatley’s birthday, I had no idea what would be birthed as a result of that trip.  On my drive from Montgomery to Auburn, I had no plans to run into Representative Jeremy Gray after Senator Whatley’s birthday […]

Appleseed is Hiring a Policy Associate!

About Alabama Appleseed: 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. As Alabama’s only research and advocacy organization focused solely on reforming Alabama’s criminal justice system, Alabama Appleseed conducts integrated culture and policy change campaigns to confront laws and policies that […]

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Appleseed’s 2022 legislative priorities: opportunity, safety, and common sense investments in our future

Alabama Appleseed’s priorities for the 2022 legislative session are narrowly focused on sensible reforms and investments. Our priorities reinforce what so many Alabamians are beginning to understand: as a state, we pour too much money into prisons and punishment and fail to invest in policies and services that will make us all safer and more […]