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Arise legislative recap: June 14, 2019

Now that the Alabama Legislature's 2019 regular session has come to a close, we've turned our focus to the expected special session on the state's prison crisis later this year. In our latest video, Arise's Jim Carnes explains how Medicaid expansion is an essential component of fixing the state's prison crisis and increasing economic opportunity [...]
Issues
Budgets, Criminal Justice, Health
Date
June 14, 2019
Author
Matt Okarmus
Blog

Arise legislative recap: June 7, 2019

Arise's Robyn Hyden looks back at some important policy wins -- and previews what's still to come -- following the conclusion of the Alabama Legislature's 2019 regular session.
Issues
Budgets, Criminal Justice, Safety Net
Date
June 7, 2019
Author
Matt Okarmus
Blog

The 2019 session that was, and the one yet to come

Alabama legislators ended their 2019 regular session last week. But they’re not done yet. Amid the threat of federal intervention, the Legislature likely will hold a special session this fall to address horrendous conditions in our state’s overcrowded prisons. This summer, Arise will continue making the case that meaningful prison reform must include Medicaid expansion. [...]
Issues
Budgets, Criminal Justice, Health, Safety Net, Tax Reform, Voting Rights
Date
June 7, 2019
Author
Chris Sanders
Blog

Arise legislative recap: May 31, 2019

Good news: We saw a breakthrough on civil asset forfeiture when the Alabama Legislature passed SB 191 this week! The version of the bill that lawmakers sent to the governor omits many of the due process protections that were in the original version. But it still will shine more light on this practice. And greater [...]
Issue
Criminal Justice
Date
May 31, 2019
Author
Matt Okarmus
Blog

On civil asset forfeiture reform, transparency is a good start – but there’s more to do

Civil asset forfeiture in Alabama lacks public accountability and tramples the property rights of thousands of people. Hundreds of Alabamians lose cash, cars and other property under this practice every year. Many of them are never convicted of a crime – or even charged with one. And many people can’t afford to hire a lawyer to [...]
Issue
Criminal Justice
Date
May 30, 2019
Author
Dev Wakeley
News Releases

Civil asset forfeiture transparency bill is a good start, but Alabamians still need much stronger protections

The Alabama House on Thursday passed SB 191, which would increase transparency around civil asset forfeiture in the state, sending it to Gov. Kay Ivey. Alabama Arise executive director Robyn Hyden issued the following statement in response: “SB 191’s passage is a good first step toward bringing more transparency to Alabama’s civil asset forfeiture practices. [...]
Issue
Criminal Justice
Date
May 30, 2019
Author
Chris Sanders
Blog

Arise legislative recap: April 5, 2019

We're excited about some early progress on civil asset forfeiture reform at the State House. Below, Arise policy analyst Dev Wakeley breaks down the benefits of SB 191, which the Senate could vote on as early as Tuesday, April 9. For more information, visit our action alerts page to contact your senator and ask them [...]
Issue
Criminal Justice
Date
April 5, 2019
Author
Matt Okarmus
Blog

On civil asset forfeiture, Alabama Legislature takes initial steps toward progress

Alabamians deserve a legal system that respects their rights to due process. That includes not taking someone’s property without compensation unless there is clear and convincing evidence the property is linked to a crime. But under Alabama’s civil asset forfeiture practices, people can lose their possessions – without a conviction or even a criminal charge [...]
Issue
Criminal Justice
Date
April 4, 2019
Author
Dev Wakeley
Blog

Court rulings aid push for reforms of civil asset forfeiture, death penalty

The U.S. Supreme Court sent clear signals in February that the time is ripe for reform on two of Arise’s 2019 issue priorities. In Timbs v. Indiana, the court unanimously blocked Indiana’s attempt to use civil asset forfeiture to take a car that was worth much more than the maximum fine for the crime for [...]
Issue
Criminal Justice
Date
March 1, 2019
Author
Dev Wakeley
Fact Sheet

Injustices remain in Alabama’s death penalty practices

Alabama took an important step toward death penalty reform in 2017, but numerous problems remain. That year, the state finally outlawed judicial override in capital cases. That change means judges no longer can impose the death penalty when a jury recommends life without parole. But the ban was not retroactive, and 35 people who were [...]
Issue
Criminal Justice
Date
February 20, 2019
Author
Dev Wakeley