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More than 3,000 inmates were granted parole last year

Parole in Alabama

Alabama’s parole board granted parole to more than 3,000 inmates during the last fiscal year— that’s nearly half of all the inmates who were considered.

The percentage of paroles granted has increased as the state deals with prison overcrowding.

ABC 33/40 News Investigates analyzed data from the Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles.

During the 2016 fiscal year, the state parole board considered 6,458 inmates that were up for parole. They granted parole to 48 percent of them—3,108 inmates.

More and more inmates are being granted parole

Here’s a breakdown of the number of paroles granted in Alabama from 2013 to 2016:

  • FY 2016: 48%
  • FY 2015: 38%
  • FY 2014: 34%
  • FY 2013: 30%

What parole decisions are based upon

Eddie Cook, the assistant executive director of the state parole board, told ABC 33/40 News that the decision to grant parole to an inmate is based on a number of factors, including:

  • The nature of the crime
  • Victim input
  • How the inmate has progressed in prison
  • The re-entry program that’s available to him or her, which may include drug counseling or mental heath treatment
  • Family support
  • A pending job

Alabama’s recidivism rate is below the national average

Alabama’s recidivism rate is 35 percent—that’s below the national average.

But inmates who graduate from the LIFE Tech Transition Center in Thomasville, Ala., have a recidivism rate of just 12 percent.

Inmates who have gone through the program at that West Alabama center have had mental health counseling, drug treatment, vocational and educational training.

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