The ACLU of Alabama seeks an end to policies within the criminal justice system that cause widespread violation of constitutional and human rights and also lead to unprecedented levels of incarceration. Additionally, in spite of the fact that the death penalty is discriminatory, arbitrary, and inherently violates the Constitutional ban against cruel and unusual punishment, Alabama continues its practice.

Considering the failed death penalty system, overly-harsh mandatory minimum sentencing, lengthy prison terms for drug possession, over-incarceration of non-violent offenders, and zero-tolerance school policies, our criminal justice system is in need of reform.