Ralph Hendrix, the program manager for UAB's Treatment Alternatives for Safer Communities, really threw me for a tailspin when he talked about his 30 years in the criminal justice system.
seen good women and bad women go to prison.
talked to Martha Stewart, imprisoned for obstruction of justice when she
lied to investigators about a stock sale, but also inmates on death row.
In talking to different women, Hendrix
has collected stories that will literally stop you in your tracks.
Remembering a woman who was sent to prison for burglary, he
asking him if they could simply take her
leg instead of sending her
After spending 5 years in Tutwiler for burglary, the woman would choose to give up a leg instead of go back.
The overcrowding and conditions at Tutwiler were simply too much to bear, he