By TODD STACY, Alabama Daily News
MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Gov. Kay Ivey and Attorney General Steve Marshall are meeting with members of the Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles Monday.
The Board has come under increased scrutiny from district attorneys and victims advocacy groups for what they characterize as releasing violent offenders from prison early at “an alarming rate.”
WSFA 12 News reporter Jenn Horton recently reported a trend in which inmates with long sentences – even life sentences in some cases – were getting paroled early. After that initial report, 47 parole candidates were removed from the docket to be considered by the Board. Board staff told Horton that decision came from Executive Director Eddie Cook.
Montgomery County District Attorney wrote Ivey and released the letter publicly saying the Board “has repeatedly and consistently released violent offenders after they have served only a minute portion of lengthy sentences.”
Ivey and Marshall’s meeting is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Monday and will be followed by a news conference.