The death toll is on the rise in Alabama prisons. In addition, suicide rates are increasing. Despite these rises in preventable deaths, the voice of the family members of the living incarcerated members remains fairly quiet, if not muted about the conditions and happening in Alabama prisons.
As the lead voice on reform is Alabama, FREE ALABAMA MOVEMENT receives messages from family members “after the fact” that their loved one has been harmed. Yet, when the warnings are sent out by FAM that something is amiss in the prisons and more vocal action and organizing is needed, the responses are usually negligible to non-existent.
The solution to these problems will require UNITY. WHY wait until a loved one is being carried out on a gurney or med flighted to a trauma center or hidden in a solitary cell incommunicado before deciding to reach out for assistance?
If you have a loved one is prison, NOW is the time to act, while they are still healthy, alive, and breathing on their own. Don’t wait until disaster strikes before deciding that you want to contact someone. Get involved in doing something that will bring your loved one home; don’t settle for a visit and incentive packages to bring comfort to a person who cannot know comfort in such deplorable conditions.
In appx. 45 days the Alabama legislature will be meeting to make decisions that will affect the lives of 30,000 families. The sad part is that the families are not organized in any meaningful way to have their voices heard, neither on the question of building new human warehouses, nor on the issue of using tax dollars to pay for it.
As one lawyer said last year, these people are planning to build a 1 billion dollar tomb to bury people alive in. If the family members don’t act, then it won’t be long before mothers and wives start buying flowers and caskets instead of shoe packages and Christmas packages.