In 2012, one of every 148 persons in the State of Alabama was behind bars, compared to one of every 200 persons nationwide. Miscalculations in […]
Cultural Indicators 2014 for Alabama and the United States tracks various Alabama-specific and national measures of societal well-being dating back to 1960, as statistics are available. Chapters are devoted […]
Twenty years ago, former U.S. Secretary of Education William Bennett noticed a disturbing set of developments in American society. The American ideals of freedom, opportunity, […]
With the Governor’s sign-off, the state’s budgets for both the Education Trust Fund and the General Fund are now set for fiscal year 2015. Of […]
Alabama’s prisons are grossly overcrowded. The State has the third highest incarceration rate in the nation, and in 2012, corrections costs in Alabama were approximately […]
by Katherine Robertson, Jay Neal and Jerry Madden As leaders in the national conservative criminal justice movement, we have witnessed several states successfully implement more […]
With the recent bankruptcy of Detroit, API examines if Birmingham, AL is heading down the same path by comparing a variety of vital statistics.
Mandatory minimums, when assigned to a crime in the penal code, set the lowest available punishment that a judge may sentence an offender to for […]
Policy Priorities for Alabama is a handbook compiled specifically for each legislative session as a research and education guide on the issues facing our state.
Alabama Supreme Court cases have strictly defined what forms of gaming are legal in Alabama. In order to effectively deter would-be offenders, the punishment for owning and operating illegal gaming paraphernalia should be raised from a Class A misdemeanor to a Class C felony.