Alabama parole board plans extra meetings for pardons – Opelika Auburn News

Alabama’s parole agency plans to hold additional meetings to reduce a backlog of more than 8,000 requests for pardons, officials said.

The Board of Pardons and Paroles will hold extra hearings and use special dockets to review pardon requests, it said in a statement.

The new director of the Bureau of Pardons and Paroles, Cam Ward, said the board wants to make sure everyone who is eligible for a hearing gets one “in the most efficient way possible.”

Graddick, a former state attorney general and circuit judge, resigned amid criticism that prisoner releases slowed during his tenure, and that Black people in particular were unfairly kept behind bars.

Alabama prisons held about 21,000 inmates in November, the last time the Department of Corrections released statistics, but they were designed to hold about 12,400 people.

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