Moratorium placed on paroles to violent offenders

Oct 16, 2018

   Faced with concerns that the state parole board had freed violent offenders, Governor Kay Ivey and the state’s attorney general met with the panel yesterday. Following the meeting, Governor Ivey announced changes, including replacing the parole board chairman. The governor also signed an executive order placing a 75-day moratorium on early paroles. The order directs the board to stop considering inmates for parole before they complete a designated amount of their sentence. She also asked the board to develop a corrective action plan. The actions come after prosecutors and victim advocates have expressed alarm over who was being released from prison and the adequacy of parole supervision once an inmate is released. A spokesman for the Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles said there was no immediate response to the criticisms from the two statewide office holders.