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“The way to right wrongs is to turn the light of truth upon them.” – Ida B. Wells

JCMP has begun to build out materials to educate ourselves and each other on this history. Together, we can change the historical memory of Jefferson County and better understand our systems of racial injustice that exist today.

Read our Report

JCMP Fellows researched Jefferson County’s 30 documented victims.

Understand This History's Legacies

Shortly, we’ll be publishing a blog from our students at Donaldson Correctional Facility. We’re waiting on final approval from the Warden before we can go public with their work.

Attend a JCMP Training

Throughout the summer and spring, JCMP will be hosting small group trainings. These are small group sessions where volunteers will learn about the history of racial violence in Jefferson County, how to effectively discuss this history with others, and find out ways to shape and get more involved with JCMP.

Plan a trip to EJI’s Museum and Memorial

You can download JCMP’s Trip guide here (coming soon!)

Other Sources to Learn More

Coming soon! Have recommendations? email them to info@jeffersoncountymemorial.com.

Learning about Mass Incarceration

Racial inequality and violence have manifested themselves in new forms in the 21st century. African Americans are disproportionately victims of police brutality and mass incarceration. In its report to the UN Human Rights Commission, The Sentencing Project noted that for black males born in 2001, the probability of going to jail is about one in three. Once incarcerated, Alabama prisoners are subject to deplorable, overcrowded conditions, including a mental health care system a federal judge has ruled to be “horrendously inadequate.”

Our System of Mass Incarceration

This report by the Prison Policy Initiative begins to explain the scale of issues of mass incarceration that exist in our society today.

Alabama’s Gruesome Prisons: Report Finds Rape and Murder at All Hours

In April 2019, the U.S. Department of Justice released a report that sheds light on the dangerous, illegal, and morally deplorable conditions of Alabama’s prisons.

Concrete Footprints: Diary of a Trapper

One of our students at Donaldson is a published writer. You can buy his book on Amazon to learn more about his experience in our system of mass incarceration.

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