Birmingham, Alabama's dip in serious crime has come when Alabama prisons more than doubled the numbers of convicts streaming into the county, says the Birmingham News. That the parolees, many freed early, have not spawned a crime wave is welcome news but no surprise to people who work with them. Earl Johnson, house parent at Shepherd's Fold, a halfway house, said, "If a man has a support group when he's released from prison and has a place where he can be cushioned from the everyday stresses we are faced with, he is more likely to be . . .
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