The United States is in the midst of a prison suicide epidemic. In 2014, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, suicides accounted for about 1.6% of overall U.S. deaths. Alabama, where I live, is at the center of the crisis.
Let’s address the term “violent inmate.” The implication is this person is actively dangerous, guilty of causing physical harm and likely to hurt someone again. None of this is necessarily true.
This past week the Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) held a memorial service honoring Jake, a K-9 narcotics detection officer that died after he was exposed to a synthetic drug during a raid at Staton Correctional Facility.
June is Pride Month, chosen to commemorate the anniversary of the Stonewall riots that happened in June 1969 and is largely regarded as the catalyst for the gay rights movement.
Monday marked the last day that Governor Ivey signed bills from the 2019 regular session and this marks the completion of perhaps one of the legislature's greatest attacks on the civil liberties and rights of Alabamians.
May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM), which officially started as a week long celebration in 1978.
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