Equal Justice Initiative Alabama

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5:55 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Obama Recruits Montgomery Based Group Leader, State Unemployment Down

Equal Justice Initiative Director Bryan Stevenson
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Alabama's unemployment rate is down to 6 percent.   The preliminary jobless rate announced Friday represents the state's best unemployment numbers in more than six years. But the state is still slightly above the U.S. unemployment rate of 5.8 percent.

 Governor Robert Bentley's office says the November jobless rate is an improvement from October, when the rate was 6.3 percent. It's also better than the numbers a year ago.

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Politics & Government
4:15 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Group Sues Over Violence At St. Clair Prison

A federal lawsuit claims corruption and poor management are to blame for deaths and violence at St. Clair prison in Springville.
Credit Alabama Department of Corrections

A federal lawsuit claims corruption and poor management are to blame for deaths and violence at St. Clair prison in Springville.

The Montgomery-based Equal Justice Initiative filed suit Monday seeking changes at the prison, which holds more than 1,200 men and is badly overcrowded.

Corrections officials haven't responded to a message seeking comment.

The lawsuit says six people have been killed at St. Clair in the last 36 months, and stabbings and assaults are commonplace.

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Politics & Government
6:25 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Montgomery Group Calls for Change at St. Clair

Credit eji.org

A group pushing for changes in Alabama's prison system is calling for a new warden at St. Clair Correctional Facility because of inmate violence.

The Equal Justice Initiative says three inmates have been killed in the last 10 months and five in the last 30 months. The executive director of the Montgomery-based group, Bryan Stevenson, says there have been many other stabbings and assaults. He says new leadership is needed to improve conditions

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Politics & Government
6:30 am
Mon January 28, 2013

Advocate says Tutwiler Report 'Wakes People Up'

EJI Executive Director Bryan Stevenson.
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An attorney for inmates says a federal report detailing problems at Alabama's prison for women is revealing.


Bryan Stevenson of the Montgomery-based Equal Justice Initiative says the study "wakes people up" by showing what's going on at Tutwiler prison, located in Wetumpka.


Stevenson tells the Montgomery Advertiser a long-term solution is needed to fix the state's prisons.


Stevenson's organization last year alleged widespread abuse of inmates and sexual misconduct at Tutwiler involving corrections officers.

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