Attorney General Tries to Block Alabama Jail Inmates Set to Be Released

ALABAMA (WHNT) — On Tuesday, Jan. 31, 412 inmates are scheduled to be released from correctional facilities across the state, according to court documents obtained by News 19.

On Monday, January 30, Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall filed a lawsuit to prevent the early release. The lawsuit says the delay in early release would only be temporary until ADOC Commissioner John Hamm can give notice to the victims of the inmates.

“Every violent crime leaves behind a victim or a victim’s family,” the complaint reads. “That is why state and federal laws have long recognized the right of victims of crime or their families to be notified by the appropriate government agency when their offender is on parole or about to be released. from prison.”

Read the full complaint:

The release of 2.07% of the prison population stems from a bill passed by the state legislature in 2021, addressing the problem of overcrowded and understaffed prisons.

Detainees would be released under “mandatory supervision”, meaning each would be fitted with an electronic ankle monitor upon release.

While sex offenders whose victims were children were not eligible for release, the “supervision” period for inmates who will be released is as follows:

  • 3 to 5 months for sentences of five years or less
  • 6-9 months for sentences of five to 10 years
  • 10-12 months for sentences over 10 years

A notice from ADOC and the Alabama Office of Pardons and Parole (ABPP) was recently distributed to law enforcement agencies across the state notifying them of the release, which comes as the system prison in Alabama is being sued by the Department of Justice (DOJ) over his prison conditions.

In that lawsuit, which stemmed from a 2016 investigation, the DOJ claimed that ADOC failed to protect its prisoners from sexual abuse and constant violence, as well as excessive force by staff and harassment. inability to provide safe conditions of detention.

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Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall was a vocal opponent of the bill passed in 2021, saying, “This bill mandates the early release of dangerous individuals with only the option of electronic monitoring and without the other resources needed to safely monitor those initially released. ”

News 19 is working to obtain additional information from ADOC and a list of released detainees. This story will be updated as we learn more.


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