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Ralph Hendrix, program ...
Ralph Hendrix, program manager for UAB's Treatment Alternatives for Safer Communities, spoke about some of the injustices he's seen in his 30 years with the Alabama criminal system.
"It's a massive insult to the people in our state what we're doing to women.
Anybody that would have the incarceration rate for non-violent offenders is a failed state," Hendrix
Ralph Hendrix, the program ...
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.
He's seen good women and bad women go to prison.
He's 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
As Ralph Hendrix, program manager of TASC, puts it, "Community corrections is separating the folks you are scared of from those you are simply mad at."
The idea is that people who steal lawn mowers and credit cards should be treated differently from those who shoot people, he
said."You save hospital beds for heart attacks," said Hendrix