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The Supreme Court throws out a Trump-era ban on gun bump stocks; a look at how social media algorithms and Shakespearian villains have in common; and states receive federal funding to clean up legacy mine pollution.

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The Supreme Court for now protects access to abortion drug mifepristone, while Senate Republicans block a bill protecting access to in-vitro fertilization. Wisconsin's Supreme Court bans mobile voting sites, and colleges deal with funding cuts as legislatures target diversity programs.

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As summer nears, America's newest and largest international dark sky sanctuary beckons, rural job growth is up, but full recovery remains elusive, rural Americans living in prison towns support a transition, while birth control is more readily available in rural areas.

Advocating for restorative justice, 'second-chance' policies in parole system

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Friday, May 24, 2024   

Fewer than 8% of people in Alabama prisons are granted parole when they apply for it.

Criminal justice experts got together for a discussion of how to improve parole systems and give more people a chance at rehabilitation. The panel focused on the benefits of what's known as "restorative justice."

Lisa Daniels, executive director of the Darren B. Easterling Center for Restorative Practices, said that, in part, it means looking beyond the crime when evaluating a person's rehabilitation potential, especially after many years behind bars.

"But we want to look at it as a gauge," she said, "to say, 'OK, are they that person? Or how far removed are they from being that person that committed that crime - 20, 30, 40 years ago?'"

Daniels is a former parole commissioner in Illinois whose life was touched by violent crime when her son was shot and killed. She said she believes it's important to consider people's growth throughout their sentence, rather than only the traditional factors used to determine eligibility for parole.

Outside of parole, those incarcerated in Alabama have few opportunities for redemption. In the last legislative session, House Bill 29 would have given some people serving a life sentence a chance to have their convictions reviewed, but it didn't make it to the Senate floor.

"We are not advocates of abolishing any form or mechanism that could potentially lead to release," said panelist Anthony Muhammad, released after nearly 30 years in prison, now works with the ACLU of Maryland and the Maryland Parole Partnership, advocating for second-chance laws and parole as valuable tools in the system. "So, while there are challenges, absolutely we are not in favor of abolishing, but doing the necessary work that it takes to reform and rehabilitate the system."

The Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles held 22 parole hearings at its last meeting May 16. It granted four parole requests and denied 18.


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