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Robina Institute of Criminal Law and Criminal Justice;
Alabama established a sentencing commission in 2000, and has utilized advisory sentencing standards in felonycases since 2006. In 2013, the Alabama Sentencing Standards grew to include presumptive standards for non-violent offenses. Alabama has a "truth in sentencing" statute that does not take effect until 2020 and will require the court to pronounce a minimum term and an extended term (120% of the minimum term) and mandates post-release supervision. Currently, however, offenders are sentenced to a definite term of imprisonment and may be released on parole, if eligible.
Alabama Asset Building Coalition;
This report, Advancing Employment Equity in Alabama, offers a framework to guide policymakers as they consider how to best connect residents to good jobs that pay family-sustaining wages and remove the barriers that have held back far too many for far too long. The Alabama Asset Building Coalition is prepared to be a partner in this effort and further our mission of building an economic foundation that allows underserved Alabamians to reach their highest potential and secure their financial future.
Alabama Asset Building Coalition;
Alabama's future competitiveness depends on the participation and inclusion of all of our residents,especially those who are locked out of the economy. Employment equity—when everyone who wants to work has a good job that pays family-supporting wages—is the path forward. By addressing lingering societal barriers such as adequate funding for public transit that connects residents to quality jobs, and linking more Alabamians to career pathways in growing industries, we can reduce economic insecurity, meet employers' needs for talent, and bolster economic growth, building a prosperous Alabama for all.
National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy;
In light of the national uprising sparked by the murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor (and building on other recent tragic movement moments going back to the 2014 murder of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri), NCRP is analyzing grantmaking by community foundations across the country to find out exactly how much they are – or are not – investing in Black communities.We started by looking at the latest available grantmaking data (2016-2018) of 25 community foundations (CFs) – from Los Angeles to New Orleans to New York City to St. Paul. These foundations represent a cross section of some of the country's largest community foundations as well as foundations in communities where NCRP has Black-led nonprofit allies.
Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED);
The Assets & Opportunity Scorecard is a comprehensive look at Americans' financial security today and their opportunities to create a more prosperous future. It assesses the 50 states and the District of Columbia on 130 outcome and policy measures, which describe how well residents are faring and what states are doing to help them build and protect assets. The Scorecard enables states to benchmark their outcomes and policies against other states in five issue areas: Financial Assets & Income, Businesses & Jobs, Housing & Homeownership, Health Care, and Education.
When policymakers wrote the No Child Left Behind Act, their goal was to steadily raise the bar for academic achievement. But many states have undermined the spirit of the law by lowering achievement goals every year. Kevin Carey explains how these states are gaming NCLB's accountability system -- and doing so with the full approval of the U.S. Department of Education.
Public Education Network (PEN);
The PEN national office launched a 2005 No Child Left Behind (NCLB) online survey to follow up on the 2004 survey. The 2004 survey generated 12,000 responses and greatly influenced the recommendations in the "Open to the Public" report released in March 2005. PEN was particularly interested in reaching grassroots constituencies, but the voices of everyone -- including educators -- were counted.
Grantmaking by Alabama foundations exceeded $145 million in 2006, according to Key Facts on Alabama Foundations, a new Foundation Center report. The top 10 givers, which include community, corporate, and independent foundations, gave a total of $53.7 million or just over a third of all Alabama foundation giving.
Feeding America (formerly America's Second Harvest);
This report presents information on the clients and agencies served by The Food Bank of North Alabama. The information is drawn from a national study, Hunger in America 2010, conducted in 2009 for Feeding America (FA) (formerly America's Second Harvest), the nation's largest organization of emergency food providers. The national study is based on completed in- person interviews with more than 62,000 clients served by the FA national network, as well as on completed questionnaires from more than 37,000 FA agencies. The study summarized below focuses on emergency food providers and their clients who are supplied with food by food banks in the FA network. Key Findings: The FA system served by The Food Bank of North Alabama provides emergency food for an estimated 104,700 different people annually.31% of the members of households served by The Food Bank of North Alabama are children under 18 years old (Table 5.3.2). 24% of households include at least one employed adult (Table 5.7.1). Among households with children, 77% are food insecure and 37% are food insecure with very low food security (Table 184.108.40.206). 53% of clients served by The Food Bank of North Alabama report having tochoose between paying for food and paying for utilities or heating fuel (Table 6.5.1).46% had to choose between paying for food and paying for medicine or medical care (Table 6.5.1). 30% of households served by The Food Bank of North Alabama report having at least one household member in poor health (Table 8.1.1)The Food Bank of North Alabama included approximately 173 agencies at the administration of this survey, of which 160 have responded to the agency survey.Of the responding agencies, 137 had at least one food pantry, soup kitchen, or shelter.82% of pantries, 64% of kitchens, and 50% of shelters are run by faith-based agencies affiliated with churches, mosques, synagogues, and other religious organizations (Table 10.6.1). Among programs that existed in 2006, 76% of pantries, 75% of kitchens, and 71% of shelters of The Food Bank of North Alabama reported that there had been an increase since 2006 in the number of clients who come to their emergency food program sites (Table 10.8.1). Food banks are by far the single most important source of food for agencies with emergency food providers, accounting for 72% of the food distributed by pantries, 36% of the food distributed by kitchens, and 35% of the food distributed by shelters (Table 13.1.1). As many as 92% of pantries, 100% of kitchens, and 57% of shelters in The Food Bank of North Alabama use volunteers (Table 13.2.1)..
Alabama Faith Council;
In 1963, the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote the following in a letter to fellow clergy about segregation while in the Birmingham City jail: "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." While Alabama's segregationist laws have been rendered moot by the federal courts and laws, our 1901 Constitution -- Alabama's sixth one -- is still a major impediment to racial and economic justice in the state especially for those whose needs are the greatest and those whose resources in life are the least. Alabama's 1901 Constitution creates a governmental structure that concentrates power in the legislature where it is easy for wealthy interest groups to perpetuate the Constitution's unfair impacts on poor and middle class Alabamians.