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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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.

AG Puts Foot Down on Alabama’s Open Carry Law

Attorney General Luther Strange orders removal of all “No Firearms Allowed” signs around Alabama.

Who is Worse? Democrats or Republicans?

When it comes to less than stellar behavior in Alabama politics, both sides bring plenty to the table. Democrats are the party of George Wallace and the two-year college scandal. Republicans have now seen their House Speaker Mike Hubbard removed from office on ethics convictions. Meanwhile Republican Chief Justice Roy Moore faces his own ethics charges and Governor Robert Bentley faces an impeachment effort. Which side is worse? Alabama Media Group columnist John Archibald says it’s a trick question.

A Private Gym For Birmingham Airport Leader Raises Questions

High-profile positions often come with perks. But with public positions involving public money, perks can drift into illegal ethics violations. Those are the concerns around Birmingham’s airport authority CEO and what’s been called his private gym. We talk about the controversy with Alabama Media Group columnist John Archibald. We also hear about the unanswered questions around the firing of a high-raking employee of the State Department of Finance.