As incarceration rates increase, parole has become a critical mechanism for controlling Alabama’s bulging prison population. In the early 1990s, a significant portion of Alabama’s prisoners were paroled, but in the past decade parole grants plummeted even as prison overcrowding reached crisis proportions.
The Attorney General’s Office opposes nearly all parole grants and has even pressured Parole Board members into rescinding parole determinations.
Stringent parole conditions and a lack of support for those re-entering the community have created a high recidivism rate among parolees, who face – among significant obstacles to employment and housing – a complex and time-consuming process to achieve restoration of their right to vote. Alabama has one of the highest disenfrancisement rates in the United States.