How NOT to respond to a crisis, but what exactly am I doing?
Words can save lives, but particular kinds of words can do more than others. The words which can have the most power fall under a 2 word descriptor: Investigative Journalism. I applaud your efforts to bring greater justice and compassion to Americans suffering in our abominable, intolerable prison system. Perhaps the kind of writing which has the potential to do the most good is uncovering facts which others want hidden and which cannot be ignored once they are exposed. Bring down the corrupt guards and corrupt wardens who are violating the law. Expose the horrendous conditions. Seek out new FACTS rather than simply advocate against the problem. That is the great power that we can do with our pens. Keep up the fight!
Thank you Beth for all you do to help expose this problem with the Alabama Department of Corruptions.
We hear this man’s words through you. Keep on shining a light on the darkness. I am most grateful for the truly extraordinary work you do.
When one peels back the onion I think many (including you Beth) play different roles in the fight for change, which is never easy. “Words” (written & verbal) are the bedrock of bringing light & conviction. “Words” also bring about the negotiated & legislative changes in the fight. As we celebrate MLK holiday we read, quote & see the power of his words for change back then & still those words ring powerful, true & relevant today. Keep pressing & doing your part. If not you, then who?
You’re doing what most can’t do and that’s telling the truth of what inmates and families are truly going through because of our corrupt prison system and politicians including Governor Ivy, AG Marshall and all of the parole board and Legislators whom think they are God, but God will bring all their darkness to light as it always does and what you’re doing will assist in that also! Keep doing what you’re doing it is most definitely needed and appreciated!
Beth I applaud you for the work you do. You helped me a lot when my grandson was murdered in prison. The way I see any change is to have…preferably Kay Ivey… but even someone in authority to actually tour the prisons themselves. No one no one can imagine the conditions these people live in. How to bring this about… I don’t know. Again thanks Beth you’re doing a great job. Linda Golden …Casey’s Nanny
I think you are making a great contribution. Everyone needs to do what they are able to do. And you are able to bring the injustice to light by writing about it. I don't know any person or organization that is doing what you are. You are able to put personal touches to the stories. They are so much more then the infrequent bland reporting on the issues from others.
Words bridge the holy space from your lips to my ears! Keep using what little power you have! It’s a bridge, a tiny bridge. Write more. Keep going. For injustice everywhere. Speak up.
I dream of a community-based mental health system which could prevent at least 40% of inmates from every entering ADOC.
The only thing that has ever worked to reform Alabama's prison system over the years has been litigation. It's not always successful (e.g. the DOJ litigation thus far), but it's the only tactic that has worked. The politicians and officials don't care about prisoners, nor does most of the public. But the constitution is a powerful check on abuse and federal judges have the power (and responsibility) to enforce the constitution. More litigation is needed.
Speaking truth to power can make you feel lonely, isolated, and hopeless. That’s the reality.
I agree with Chris. Keep up the good work.