It has been a month since the U.S. Supreme Court released its decision on Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization, effectively overturning Roe v. Wade and disrupting reproductive healthcare for women and people who can become pregnant in Alabama and across the country.
Since then, we have been working to support Alabama's reproductive healthcare resources, networks, and partners. We have also been identifying ways to guarantee statewide reproductive freedom for all women and people who may become pregnant.
The landscape of reproductive healthcare — including abortion — in our state continues to impact Alabamians daily. We remain committed to defending access to abortion as critical reproductive healthcare and using whatever tools we can to protect women and all pregnant people.
Hear more about our organization's efforts directly from JaTaune Bosby-Gilchrist, our Executive Director.
Still Fighting for Smart Justice
Our work to defend and secure other civil rights and liberties has not slowed. Our investigative reporter Beth Shelburne recently published two new Smart Justice pieces about Alabama's ongoing parole crisis.
Since 2019, Alabama's parole board has overseen the largest denial of parole grants in state history. Even with the U.S. Department of Justice filing suit against Alabama in 2020, the parole board has doubled down on denying release — even when the board's own guidelines recommend that the individual be paroled out of prison.
The significance of these practices is a matter of life and death for people inside Alabama's unconstitutionally violent and overcrowded prisons.
In an effort to improve transparency, Smart Justice Alabama produced this video after attending the parole hearings conducted on April 13, 2022, at the Alabama Bureau of Pardons and Paroles in Montgomery, Alabama.