Alabama is a prisoner in its own horror story

This is an opinion cartoon.

The Alabama prison horror story is getting special session treatment this week in Montgomery. The can is now a brick and too heavy to kick down the road. Are Alabama lawmakers finally in it to win it? Heavy sigh. We’ll see.

Check out this illuminating piece from Dana Hall McCain: A Christian view of prison reform

Excerpts from McCain’s column: ‘When we look to scripture for direction on justice, we see God claiming justice as a fundamental aspect of his character. It is a front-and-center issue for him. And how is that concern for justice most frequently expressed? As concern for the marginalized and vulnerable.

“Who is it that most often winds up in an Alabama prison? Many are born into poverty, lack the benefit of a stable two-parent home, and don’t receive a good education. Additionally, as I touched on in the previous column, an alarming number of individuals who travel through the criminal justice system suffer from a mental health disorder.

“Another fundamental truth of Christianity is that our God is a fan of second chances.”

Expensive new buildings alone won’t solve Alabama’s prison crisis. We need a change of attitude. Rehab, refresh and reinvigorate.


JD Crowe is the cartoonist for Alabama Media Group and and 2020 RFK Human Rights Award winner for Editorial Cartoons.

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