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ELKMONT, Ala. (AP) — A 15-year-old boy charged with killing five members of his family, including  three younger siblings, is being charged as an adult. 

Mason Sisk, of Elkmont, faces four counts of capital murder, the Limestone County Sheriff’s Office said. Authorities released his name for the first time following the decision to charge him as an adult.

Lynching Museum
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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — There's a new way to see the national lynching memorial in Montgomery, Alabama. 

The memorial this week will begin opening to visitors each Wednesday through Friday from 9 p.m. until 10:30 p.m.

The founder of the organization that built the memorial, Bryan Stevenson, says the attraction is particularly poignant at night since so many lynchings were done after dark.

Lynching Museum
Equal Justice Initiative


An organization that founded the nation’s first memorial to lynching victims has announced that it has documented thousands of additional killings of black people during the Reconstruction era.

The Equal Justice Initiative said Tuesday that it now has documented nearly 6,500 lynchings of black people between 1877 and 1950.

The group, which previously documented 4,500 lynchings, released a new report titled “Reconstruction in America” about its findings. 


Just Mercy



“Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption” 
Author: Bryan Stevenson 
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau 
Pages: 336 
Price: $28.00 (Hardcover) 

I am embarrassed to say I am just now reading Bryan Stevenson’s “Just Mercy,” but I am really glad I’ve read it. Every American should read this book.  

The nation's first memorial to lynching victims is expanding.  

The Equal Justice Initiative on Saturday opened a new welcome center and exhibition space that will add to the existing lynching memorial and museum that documents the history of racial inequality in America.

The pavilion, located in downtown Montgomery, will serve as a hub for visitors to the National Memorial for Peace and Justice and the Legacy Museum.

Lynching Museum
Equal Justice Initiative

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Willie Edwards Jr., a black truck driver, was killed by Ku Klux Klansmen who forced him to jump off a bridge in Alabama in 1957. Two years earlier, white men had bludgeoned black teenager Emmett Till to death in Mississippi. No one went to prison for either slaying.


(MONTGOMERY, AL)-- An Alabama Attorney will be the focus of a documentary on HBO. Bryan Stevenson is the Alabama attorney who founded the Equal Justice Initiative and he is the subject of two new films.

One is called “True Justice: Bryan Stevenson's Fight for Equality” and it will premiere on HBO June 26. The documentary details Stevenson's work in the criminal justice system on behalf of poor and other incarcerated people.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama Department of Corrections said Thursday that it is investigating the apparent suicide of one inmate and the stabbing death of another.

The deaths occurred days apart at separate prisons, but both come after advocacy groups raised concern about the suicide and homicide rates in state prisons.

Alabama Prisons Deadliest in Nation

Dec 11, 2018

In the span of three hours at a southwest Alabama prison, one inmate was fatally stabbed and another was seriously wounded after being stabbed in a separate fight.

Eighteen inmates have been killed by other inmates since October of 2016, according to statistics and news releases from the state Department of Corrections.

St. Clair Inmate Killed Sunday

Sep 4, 2018

An inmate was fatally stabbed at a state prison in Springville, Alabama last weekend.

Alabama Department of Corrections spokesman Bob Horton says the stabbing happened Sunday evening at St. Clair Correctional Facility.

Prison staff found 29-year-old Terry Terrell Pettiway unresponsive and suffering from a stab wound at around 6:45 p.m. Sunday evening. Pettiway was taken by ambulance to a local hospital where he died from his injuries.

Supreme Court Rejects Madison Appeal

Jan 22, 2018
Alabama death row

The Supreme Court has paved the way for a death row inmate to be put to death on Thursday, despite his lawyers pleading he doesn’t currently remember his crime or even understand his looming execution.

Attorneys for Vernon Madison petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday asking them to review his case and whether executing him would constitute cruel and unusual punishment. Justices rejected that request this morning without issuing a written explanation.

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Alex AuBuchon / APR

Community members gathered alongside the Equal Justice Initiative in Tuscaloosa earlier this week to shine a light on one of the darkest periods in Alabama’s history. The EJI’s Community Remembrance Project unveiled a marker commemorating the eight documented lynching victims in Tuscaloosa County.

APR’s Alex AuBuchon prepared this look at the unveiling and program.

Judicial Override Bill Passes Senate

Feb 24, 2017
Alabama death row

Alabama may be close to putting an end to the unusual practice of allowing judges to hand down death sentences in capital murder cases despite a jury recommendation for life in prison.

The state Senate approved a bill yesterday that would end the state's status as the only one in the U.S. that allows a judge to override a jury when sentencing capital murder cases.

Senators approved the bill 30-1. It now moves to the House of Representatives, where a similar bill has cleared committee but faces an uncertain future on the House floor.