The Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) has announced that they will begin accepting donations for critically needed hygiene products during this pandemic, and that they will distribute those donations among people who are incarcerated in Alabama's prisons. All funds raised here will be used to get soap and other hygiene products into the hands of people in Alabama's prisons as quickly as possible.
Funds will be used to purchase bulk hygiene products wherever available. As many hygiene products are in short supply online and in stores right now, funds might also be used to place bulk orders of bar soap at a specially discounted rate from an Alabama-based small business, Left Hand Soap Company in Tuscaloosa. The Alabama Appleseed Center for Law & Justice will receive funds in care of Alabamians for Fair Justice (a coalition of which it is a member), and 100% of donations received will go toward these direct purchases.
It is a scandal that people in Alabama prisons do not already have enough soap and cleaning supplies, and there is much more than ADOC should be doing to respond to this crisis. But the fact of the matter is that there are people in the prisons who need soap, and this is a direct need that we have an opportunity to meet. We hope you will join us in contributing to this effort, and we hope that you will visit www.alabamafairjustice.org to get involved in demanding better for people who are incarcerated in Alabama.