Alabama House approves legislation for pardon and parole reformation

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Following the passage of House Bill 380 by the Alabama House of Representatives, Attorney General Steve Marshall “hailed the passage” of the bill as a move toward reforming the “badly broken Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles.”

The bill, passed by a vote of 73-27 and sponsored by Rep. Connie Rowe (R-Jasper), authorizes the Governor of Alabama to fill a vacant seat on the Pardons and Parole board, and “further provide for membership of the board.”

HB 380 also authorizes the Governor “to appoint a Director of Pardons and Paroles and establish responsibilities; set criterai to be used by the obard to determine prisoners initial consideration date; set parameters if board deviates and require approval from AG.”

In layman’s terms the bill, if signed into law after gaining Senate approval, will allow hte Governor’s office and apopinted Director of Pardons and Paroles to make rules that could change requirements for prisoners applying for parole.

Additionally, the bill would also require the Pardons and Paroles board to attempt to inform victims of crimes with information on parole approvals, with a lack of returned contact allowing the board to proceed with parole approvals.

“I am pleased today that the Alabama House has heeded the call of thousands of Alabama crime victims in passing House Bill 380 to fix the badly broken Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles,” said Marshall, “including giving the Governor authority to appoint a Director of Pardons and Paroles and establish their responsibilities. “

The bill now moves to the Senate for review by committee.

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