MONTGOMERY, AL (WTVM) – The issue of prison overcrowding is one Alabama lawmakers have debated for years and stakeholders are now coming together to find solutions out how they can help.
The Montgomery Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated held a discussion titled "Prison Overcrowding and Our Community: Reversing the Statistics."
A panel featured representatives from Legal Services Alabama, the Alabama Pardons and Parole Board, and the Department of Mental Health.
"What our end goal is, we hope people are actually enraged enough to be engaged to where they can actually have more buy-in to get things done. So, maybe that will come into getting more involved in different organizations, helping draft legislation, or just simply calling their legislators to let them know that it's an issue going on," said Kynesha Brown of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.
Organizers say they'll host the third part of the discussion series next month.
The topic will be about the impact of poverty on a person's prison conviction.