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 [...]
Ensuring basic fairness: Civil asset forfeiture reform in Alabama
Protection against unreasonable searches and seizures is a basic guarantee of both the U.S. and Alabama constitutions. But Alabama’s civil asset forfeiture policies allow police to seize cars, cash or other personal property without a conviction – or even a criminal charge – if they find probable cause to link the property to a crime. [...]
Budget hearings show need for Alabama to expand Medicaid, boost public investments
Alabama needs to expand Medicaid and invest more in education and other human services. Those were key takeaways from this week’s state budget hearings in Montgomery. The hearings highlighted a range of policy challenges and illustrated the connections between many of them. We heard a lot of talk this week about the need to strengthen [...]
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It’s time for Alabama to go big, expand Medicaid
"[Gov. Kay] Ivey’s inaugural speech laid out a vision for a prosperous future for Alabama," Arise's Jim Carnes writes in The Anniston Star. "There’s no better way to jumpstart our state’s third century than by expanding Medicaid." Read more in The Anniston Star.
Shutdown deal brings sigh of relief for struggling Alabamians
The White House on Friday announced a short-term agreement to end the 35-day partial shutdown of the federal government. Alabama Arise executive director Robyn Hyden issued the following statement in response: “The pain from this unnecessary shutdown has grown by the day. Fortunately, this deal will reopen the federal government without causing further damage to [...]
How will the government shutdown affect SNAP food assistance in Alabama?
The partial federal government shutdown will enter its second month next week, and the stakes are high for Alabama families. Here are five things you need to know about how the shutdown will affect food assistance in Alabama: Most Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participants will see their February 2019 benefits issued around Sunday, Jan. [...]
Spread the word about our 2019 blueprint for change!
Alabama’s 2019 legislative session starts March 5, and Arise is excited to keep working to make life better for people across our state. We think Medicaid expansion, public transportation and our other priority issues offer a blueprint for real change in Alabama. You can help spread the word and build support for these changes. So [...]
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Thousands could now qualify for hardship licenses
Thousands or more Alabamians with revoked or suspended licenses may be able to qualify for hardship licenses. "These hardship licenses will allow people to drive to work, to school, to the doctor, to take their kids and their family members to those places and to do all their basic necessities of daily life,” said Dev [...]
New hardship driver’s license rule will allow thousands of Alabamians to meet basic needs
A new rule could make it easier for many Alabamians to meet their basic needs. This change will allow tens of thousands of people who lost their driver’s licenses for reasons unrelated to public safety to apply for a hardship license from the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA). The new regulation took effect Sunday. Some [...]
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Government shutdown and Alabama food stamps: What you need to know
"There’s no guarantee that this shutdown is going to end, even in February," said Carol Gundlach, policy analyst for nonprofit Alabama Arise. "If we roll into March, what is going to be a problem will turn into a catastrophe." Read more from the Montgomery Advertiser.