April Weaver

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Report: 16% of bills in 2023 Alabama legislative session could increase prison overcrowding

BY: - December 6, 2023

A report released Wednesday criticized Alabama lawmakers for focusing criminal justice efforts on enforcement and incarceration instead of rehabilitation and release during the 2023 session of the Alabama Legislature. The 2023 Statehouse to Prison Pipeline Report, released by the ACLU of Alabama, estimated that 141 of the 876 bills introduced during the session (16%) could […]

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Criminal justice reform advocates see mixed results in Alabama Legislature

BY: - June 9, 2023

For criminal justice reform advocates, the 2023 session of the Alabama Legislature was a mixed bag. Groups managed to push through a bill limiting courts’ ability to suspend driver’s licenses for missed payments or court dates. Other bills they opposed failed to pass. But few other priority measures gained traction in a year when the […]

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House committee approves bill allowing corrections officers to assist law enforcement

BY: - May 10, 2023

Law enforcement may soon receive additional assistance from Corrections officers when dealing with public safety matters. The House Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee approved SB 225, sponsored by April Weaver, R-Alabaster, on Wednesday by a unanimous voice vote. The bill allows a corrections officer certified by the Alabama Peace Officers’ Standards and Training Commission […]

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Alabama Senate approves ban on transgender college athletes

BY: - May 4, 2023

A bill banning transgender college athletes from playing sports with others of their gender passed its second house Wednesday. HB 261, sponsored by Rep. Susan DuBose, passed 26-4. The bill is the latest in a string of attacks on LGBTQ Alabamians, and transgender youth in particular, over the last two years. Sen. April Weaver, R-Alabaster, […]

Alabama legislator seeks to reduce good time incentives for prison inmates

BY: - February 13, 2023

An Alabama legislator has filed a bill that would reduce the amount of time reductions an incarcerated person can receive for good behavior. The bill, sponsored by Sen. April Weaver, R-Brierfield, would significantly limit the amount of time inmates would earn for following rules and regulations. Messages seeking comment were left with Weaver on Friday […]