John Archibald: Can Inmates Ever Stop Serving their Time?

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John Archibald: Can Inmates Ever Stop Serving their Time?

The problems with Alabama’s prisons are well documented. The state prison system is at almost twice capacity. It’s costing the state more money every year. Plus there are numerous allegations of poor, even illegal treatment of prisoners by employees. Those issues were part of a panel discussion this week called Issues and Ales. WBHM hosted the event along with the Alabama Media Group and the Center for Investigative Reporting. Alabama Media Group columnist John Archibald listened to that conversation and shares his thoughts.

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New Schools Chief Steps Into Turbulent Education Climate

Alabama has a new public schools chief. Last week, the State Board of Education selected Michael Sentance. He’s the former Secretary of Education of Massachusetts and worked with the U.S. Department of Education. But he’s never been a classroom teacher or principal and he was chosen over three Alabama candidates. That has some in the education community in an uproar. We talk about the situation with Alabama Media Group columnist John Archibald.

Hate-filled Heckling in the Name of Religion

The hearing Monday for suspended Chief Justice Roy Moore sparked disturbing heckles directed at members of the LGBT community. Moore supporters chanted anti-gay slurs and mocked a speaker attempting to give an emotional testimony. For more on this and other news, we turn to John Archibald, columnist for the Alabama Media Group.

What do we Learn from a Church Bomber’s Denied Parole?

Thomas Blanton will stay in jail. He’s the last remaining Klansman convicted for Birmingham’s 16th Street Baptist Church bombing which killed four black girls in 1963. Blanton was up for parole Wednesday after serving 15 years of his four life sentences. But the state’s parole board did not free Blanton. Alabama Media Group columnist John Archibald reflects on the hearing and also comments on Alabama’s likely new Speaker of the Alabama House Mac McCutcheon.

Many Unknowns Around Governor’s Call for a Lottery

Proponents of a lottery in Alabama received a notable boost this week after Governor Robert Bentley announced he would call a special session on that issue. He wants lawmakers to pass a measure to create a lottery which would then have to be approved by voters. Bentley says it’s up to voters to decide but calls a lottery the best remaining way to deal with persistent budget crises. Alabama Media Group columnist John Archibald offers his take on the proposal.

Finding a Way to Talk About Racial Inequality in Alabama, U.S.

It’s time to speak of reparations. That’s the headline of the latest column by’s John Archibald. The piece comes following the turbulent and deadly events involving black men and law enforcement in Louisiana, Texas and Minnesota. A discussion about this controversial column.