"This collection consists of records related to incarcerated individuals in the state. Most were created by the Alabama Department of Corrections and the agencies and boards that preceded it, including the following: Alabama Board of Inspectors of the Penitentiary, 1841 to 1885; Alabama Board of Inspectors of Convicts, 1885 to 1893; Alabama Board of Managers of Convicts, 1893 to 1895; Alabama Board of Inspectors of Convicts, 1895 to 1919; Alabama State Board of Control and Economy, 1919 to 1923; Alabama State Board of Convict Supervisors, 1923; Alabama State Board of Administration, 1923 to 1939; Alabama Department of Corrections and Institutions, 1939 to 1953; Alabama Board of Corrections, 1953 to 1979 (in 1979, the Legislature abolished the Board of Corrections and transferred all powers, authority, and responsibilities to the governor); and the Alabama Department of Corrections, 1983 to present."
"Arrest records offer a remarkable portrait of criminal justice (and injustice) in the present and the past. On their face, these records would seem to capture only a single interaction between an officer of the law and one or more city residents -- between police and policed. When viewed in the aggregate, however, these moments present researchers with a wealth of legal, criminological, demographic, and geographic information. For the most part, the process of finding and transcribing these records has made them them inaccessible to all but the most devoted of researchers. Arresting Inequality collects arrest records from early 20th century New Orleans, offering visitors an opportunity to engage with these remarkable documents in a fully searchable, sortable, and (eventually) mappable format. Responding to popular interest in race, policing, and mass incarceration, this site aims to put these records in the hands of students of history, both within and beyond the academy."