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What We Heard at WBHM's Issues and Ales

Seated on the panel, from left, Cam Ward, an Alabama state senator; Kelsey Stein, Alabama Media Group and AL.com courts and crime reporter; Shay Golden, a former inmate and attorney; and Kim Thomas, Commissioner of the Alabama Department of Corrections. WBHM's education reporter Dan Carsen, at right, moderates the panel. (Tamika Moore/tmoore@al.com).

Click here to listen to the recap.

On Tuesday, June 17, WBHM hosted an Issues and Ales panel discussion focusing on the Alabama prison system. Over three panels, speakers covered the system's current problems with overcrowding, along with how to best rehabilitate offenders and what Alabama could do to improve the prison system. Panelists included Alabama Department of Corrections Commissioner Kim Thomas, State Senator Cam Ward, former inmates, and people who provide services to ex-offenders.

WBHM's education reporter, Dan Carsen, and news director, Rachel Osier Lindley, moderated the discussion. They sat down after the event to discuss some of the highlights.

The event was hosted in collaboration with the Alabama Media Group.