Author: YVBA

Why We Support HB 257

According to the Election Performance Index, when it comes to several voting statistics, Alabama ranks in the bottom 10. In an effort to increase participation and reduce barriers to vote, 22 states and Washington, D.C. have implemented automatic voter registration. All states benefited from an increase in voter turnout and a decrease in costs to […]

Keep Alabama Beautiful

My hometown, Birmingham, Alabama, was once hailed “The Magic City” for its nearly incomparable rapid industrial growth, but in 2021, the word magic isn’t the first word I’d use to describe the consequences of environmental exploitation present within Birmingham neighborhoods. We’ve not only earned the name “The Magic City” but also “Pittsburgh of the South,” […]

Why We Support HR 2307

Young Voters for a Better Alabama is partnering with the Citizen’s Climate Lobby to support the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act. HR 2307 puts a fee on carbon pollution, creating a level playing field for clean energy. The money collected from fossil fuel companies goes to Americans in the form of a monthly ‘carbon […]

The Letter We Sent 170 Times

Our HB 107 Letter “To my representative and senator,I am writing to urge your strong consideration of HB107, which repeals Alabama’s Habitual Felony Offender Act. Young people throughout our state are united in the opinion that many people are ‘caught’ for crimes that do not warrant a life sentence. Alabama’s HFOA, the harshest repeat offender […]

HB 107 Update

With bipartisan support, Chairman England’s proposed law to repeal the Habitual Felony Offender Act passed the House Judiciary Committee. Six Republicans voted in favor along with all three Democrats on the committee. Among the Republicans voting yes was Judiciary Chairman Rep. Jim Hill, who previously served as both a district and circuit court judge in […]

The Faces of HB 107

Prompted by a growing crime rate and a federal call for a “war on crime,” the Alabama legislature passed the Habitual Felony Offender Act (HFOA) in 1977. The Act, considered the harshest of its kind second only to Mississippi, mandates life without parole sentences for anyone convicted of a Class A felony with three prior […]

Why We Support HB 107

We need our legislators to vote yes and pass HB107, which repeals the HFOA. Currently, Alabama’s Habitual Felony Offender Act (HFOA) traps hundreds of  people in our prison system for life or life without parole sentences for offenses that would result in much shorter sentences under today’s laws.   Alabama’s HFOA allows prior convictions committed when […]