As a part of the Redemption Earned (RE) initiative, made possible through a grant from the American College of Trial Lawyers, we have set a goal to provide free legal assistance to over 100 interested incarcerated individuals so that they can become eligible for work-release in our first year. We call this initiative the WIN Program because it will be “a win” for everyone in the State of Alabama. This program, with the help of Law Student Volunteers, will seek out detainers that prevent a particular inmate from qualifying for work-release and make every effort to resolve those detainers. More often than not, pending charges were not taken care of by a plea of guilty or a trial because the defendant was in custody in another jurisdiction. The success of this endeavor will lay the foundation for the ongoing mission of RE to represent individuals worthy of parole.
Removing the obstacles that prevent incarcerated people from being classified for work release will be a “win to the fifth degree”. The positive impact from Redemption Earned’s efforts will be seen in the following five areas: (1) Victims of crimes will receive payments towards restitution. (2) The State of Alabama will accrue payments toward fines and court costs. (3) The Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) will receive 40% of an average $19,500 per worker (4) Employers in the State of Alabama will benefit from the work of motivated and skilled employees. (5) Our clients will benefit from the opportunity to get outside of the prison walls, network with employers, pay off their fines, costs and restitution, and improve their chances at parole and success at reentry with a possible job upon release.
Removing the obstacles that prevent incarcerated people from being classified for work release will be a “win to the fifth degree.”
The Win Program is the right thing to do for all the right reasons. There are many incarcerated individuals who have unused talent and skill sets that would benefit the needs of employers across the State. These individuals do not pose a risk to the community, rather they will provide a workforce and financial benefit to the State, while simultaneously receiving the advantages of a job and becoming productive members of society.
If you would like to learn more about our WIN program, visit our contact page and reach out to us.