These resources are designed to educate Alabamians about the role of District Attorney.
The American Civil Liberties Union Campaign for Smart Justice released public opinion polling on September 25, 2018 that demonstrates consensus support for criminal justice reform across the ideological spectrum.
The research, conducted by David Binder Research between August 28 and August 29, 2018, found that 79 percent of likely voters are more likely to vote for a candidate who supports criminal justice reform, including 77 percent of Republicans. It also found that 78 percent of likely voters, including 75 percent of white Republicans, are more likely to support candidates who pledge to reduce and speak out against racial disparities in the criminal justice system. Finally, 76 percent of likely voters want candidates who are committed to ending the war on drugs.
Learn more about candidates position on criminal justice reform at VoteSmartJustice.org.
Learn more about how and why we must decarcerate Alabama at Blueprint for Smart Justice Alabama.
Brochure: District Attorney Overview [PDF]
Handout: What can Jefferson County's DA do for us? [PDF]
Handout: Smart Justice one-pager on prosecutorial reform [PDF]
Graphic: District Attorney Can Choose - Charging [PNG]
Graphic: District Attorney Can Choose - Bail [PNG]
Graphic: District Attorney Can Choose - Diversion/Plea [PNG]
Graphic: District Attorney Can Choose - Racial Disparities [PNG]
Video: Power of Prosecutors - Bail
Report: Blueprint for Smart Justice Alabama, 2018, ACLU
Report: Women's Mass Incarceration, The Whole Pie, 2017, ACLU
Report: Under Pressure - How Fines and Fees Hurt People, Undermine Public Safety, and Drive Alabama’s Racial Wealth Divide, 2018, Alabama Appleseed, UAB-TASC, Greater Birmingham Ministries, Legal Services Alabama
Report: Alabama’s War on Marijuana - Assessing the Fiscal and Human Toll of Incarceration, 2018, Alabama Appleseed, Southern Poverty Law Center