Accounting

Board Operations

Field Services

Information Technology

Legal

Personnel

Revocation Hearing Officers

Special Populations and Programs

Training


           Accounting

The Accounting Division of the Alabama Board of Pardons & Paroles is responsible for budgeting, grant management, fund reconciliations, revenue certification, purchasing, disbursements, fixed assets, and mail distribution. This division also analyzes historical data to prepare forecasts used for planning and management decisions. Main phone number: (334) 353-8777 Fax number: (334) 353-7272

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           Board Operations

This division encompasses the Docket Unit Pardon Unit (Intake, File Room, Final Review), Victim's Unit, Institutional Parole Officers & Parole Certificates. These units are responsible for compiling information necessary to establish a file for the Board to include: determining parole eligibility consideration dates, locating and notifying victims and officials of upcoming hearings, docketing hearings, interviewing inmates, processing Voter Rights Restoration applications, processing Pardon and Remission of Fines and Forfeiture investigations, ensuring legal requirements are met, and coordinating releases once an inmate has been granted parole. Fax number: (334) 353-7701

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           Field Services

Field Services is divided into two divisions responsible for providing supervision and support to fourteen (14) districts. Each district covers a separate geographical areas of the state. There are sixty-one (61) field offices throughout the state with locations in most all Alabama Counties. To locate the field office that supports your county, go to the Field Offices screen and select your county. In addition, there is currently one transition center for men. Field Services responsibilities include making requests for staffing needs for the field offices, maintaining file materials on all active parolees supervised by the field offices, reviews various reports to include violation reports, annual reporting requests, audits and other departmental reports. Field Services is also tasked with fleet management, drug testing, and other tasks as required.

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           Information Technology

The Information Technology Division is responsible for the developing and maintaining the agency's information technology (IT) infrastructure and networking capabilities. The Information Technology Division also operates a Help Desk (for employees ony).

IT Help Desk Information (For Employees Only)

Normal help desk hours are Monday thruough Friday from 7:00 am to 4:00 pm (except for state holidays).

If you experience a problem with any computer equipment or peripheral, please send an email to the helpdesk.

If you are unable to email the Help Desk, please call one of the IT personnel listed in the Agency directory.

Your help and co-operation in this matter is greatly appreciated.

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The Chief Legal Counsel and Staff Attorneys employed by the Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles provide legal advice to the Board and its staff to assist with carrying out the agency's mission. The Board's in-house legal division represents the Board’s interest in litigation that involves or affects the Board or the agency. Other legal division responsibilities include training agency employees, negotiating contractual agreements, drafting agency policies, procedures, rules, and regulations, overseeing investigations for the Board, monitoring legislation, and performing other functions as needed by the Board."

Attorneys in the legal division are prohibited by statute from providing legal advice to the general public.

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           Personnel

The Personnel Division is responsible for a variety of functions. Our primary objective is to provide support for our management team and employees to include recruitment and selection, employee orientation / processing, compensation administration, personnel policy development, and advice regarding health and wellness programs. The Personnel Division is committed to providing quality service for our employees, insuring that each employee is treated fairly and consistently, receives timely and courteous assistance, and has all pertinent information to meet their needs.

The Board of Pardons and Paroles is committed to not discriminating against any person on the ground of race, color, religion, creed, sex, age, national origin, ancestry, handicap, marital status, or any other non-merit factor in its policies and practices relating to employment opportunity. Copies of the Board’s Equal Employment Opportunity Plan (EEOP) Utilization Report are available upon request.

 Employment Opportunity - Probation and Parole Officer Trainee (60899)

Due to recently passed legislation, we are seeking to improve our ranks of Probation and Parole Officers. If you are a college graduate with a 4-year degree [any major], you may wish to consider this opportunity. Please follow this link to the Alabama State Personnel Department to obtain information on this classification/opportunity: http://personnel.alabama.gov/Documents/Announcements/103319_A

In addition, if you are not currently an APOSTC “Certified” Alabama law enforcement Officer, and you are selected for employment, you will be required to attend a 13-week Law Enforcement Academy within six months of your appointment. It is a challenging endeavor. Therefore, a pre-agility / ability physical test will be performed as a part of our “initial” Interview / Selection process. This means that you MUST be able to successfully accomplish several physical activities to include completing push-ups, sit-ups, a 1 ½ mile run, scaling a 6-foot wall/fence, and dragging a 165-lb. dummy, all of which are timed events. There is NO difference in standards for males or females. Please keep this in mind before applying. On average, our interview candidate pool is generally reduced by 40-60 % due to this initial physical testing. Men/women who are currently serving in the Guard/Reserve components normally have a high rate of success in completing these activities. Questions may be directed to the following: personnel.questions@paroles.alabama.gov

Application may be made by using an official application for examination form which may be obtained from the State Personnel Department.

To learn more about the mission, responsibilities, and requirements of a Probation and Parole officer, please check out the booklet Probation and Parole Officers - The Professionals.

To learn more about the benefits available to a Probation and Parole Officer, please check out the booklet Officer Benefits.

 Employment Opportunity - Probation and Parole Specialist (60932)

This position involves providing administrative assistance in conducting pre/post sentence investigations for state courts with probationary power and conducting pre-parole investigations for the Parole Board. In addition, Specialists are not law enforcement officers, but provide much needed support in the probation and parole process.

A Bachelor degree from an accredited four year college or university in any discipline is required. Candidates with strong reading comprehension and writing skills are preferred. Please follow this link to the Alabama State Personnel Department to obtain information on this classification/opportunity: http://personnel.alabama.gov/Documents/Announcements/101353_A

Application may be made by using an official application for examination form which may be obtained from the State Personnel Department.

To learn more about the benefits available to a Probation and Parole Specialist, please check out the booklet Specialist Benefits.

 Other Employment Opportunities

For agency and other current state employment opportunities, please visit the Alabama State Personnel Department website.

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           Revocation Hearing Officers

The Revocation Hearing Officer Division is responsible for providing evidentiary hearings for parolees accused of violations of the terms and conditions of parole. The hearings are conducted, as far as possible, at or near the place the alleged violation is said to have occurred and are conducted observing due process procedures so that the Parole Board has enough valid information to use in deciding whether or not to revoke parole.

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           Special Populations and Programs

Alabama Certain Enforcement Supervision (ACES)

Eligibility

This is a grant program provided at approved sites throughout the state.

The ACES Probation Program is open to felony offenders being supervised by ALABPP who fall into the following risk categories:

Very High, High or Mod Risk-males & females. ACES maybe used for probation violators.

Violent Offenders & Sex Offenders may be included in an ACES population. Parole Populations are not included.

Overview

ACES supervision is ordered by the probationary judge, is conducted in the sentencing county and requires that the offender be placed on a color code. The offender calls a toll free number each day for their color and is to report in for a drug screen. Offenders are required to maintain employment, pay supervision fees and pay court ordered monies.

There is a separate Behavioral Matrix for ACES sanctions that include violations for missing drug screens, altering or refusing drug screens, and not attending treatment as ordered.

A Behavioral Matrix is a graduated response instrument that provides officers with a menu of options to be selected and applied based on the severity of the violation and the offenders risk level (determined by ORAS) while giving officers the flexibility to respond to an offenders underlying needs and life circumstances. The sanctions are swift, certain and proportionate to the violation. While in ACES offenders are to abide by the rules and regulations of probation as well as ACES rules and regulations.

Upon successful Completion of ACES an offender may return to normal supervision or an officer can request early termination based on the offenders success in the ACES Program.

Grant approved ACES Sites are located in Mobile, Greenville, Montgomery, Decatur, Oneonta, Tuscaloosa, Dothan, Huntsville, Andalusia, Opelika, Talladega, Grove Hill, Bay Minette, Butler & Chatom.

DAY REPORTING CENTER (DRC)

Eligibility

High Risk/ High Need offenders on probation or parole. DRC clients can be referred by Officer, Judge or the Parole Board. Must have a minimum of 12 months left on their sentence.

An officer may request an offender be placed in the DRC based on ORAS risk/needs scores to prevent violation or in response to a violation. DRC is listed as a high level sanction on the Behavioral Response Matrix.

A judge can order DRC as part of a probation sentence or as a sanction in response to a violation.

The Parole Board may order DRC as a condition of parole or as a sanction.

Overview

The DRC Program is composed of 3 phases. Participants transition between phases based on their individual case plan and performance.

           Phase 1

30-45 days with a focus on detoxification and cognitive restructuring

Daily reporting, regular drug testing, substance abuse treatment, cognitive behavioral therapy, mental health assessment/treatment, education, employment and life skills training, community service, and intensive supervision.

           Phase 2

2-6 months

Focus on maintaining sobriety, random drug screens, mandatory employment, continued individualized case plan and intensive supervision. Drug testing, substance abuse treatment, cognitive behavioral therapy, mental health assessment/treatment, education, employment and life skills training provided.

           Phase 3 (Aftercare)

Six months of continued sobriety, random drug testing, maintain employment. Client transferred to regular supervision upon completion.

The DRC does have its own Behavioral Response Matrix unique to the facility. Probation violators are presented to their probationary judge for violations that result in delinquency action. Parole violators are held in the local county jail for parole violation hearings. Other violations are handled on site per Matrix guidelines.

Current DRC Sites - Click the city to see location and phone number:

       Birmingham        Huntsville        Mobile        Montgomery

Opening 2018 - Location TBA

       Tuscaloosa        Anniston

DRC Lite - Coming Soon (Locations & Dates TBA)

DRC Lite will have the same core programming as a full DRC. This programming includes Adult Education, Cognitive Restructuring and Drug Rehabilitation with intensive supervision.

The DRC Lite will be housed within a field office on a smaller level than a full DRC.

L.I.F.E TECH TRANSITION CENTER

Eligibility

Adult males that are paroled to L.I.F.E Tech by the Alabama Board of Pardons & Paroles with the condition that they must complete the program as directed.

L.I.F.E Tech can be ordered by the Board as a condition of release on parole or ordered as a sanction for parole violation.

L.I.F.E Tech is listed as a High level sanction on the Behavioral Response Matrix.

An officer cannot request a transfer of supervision directly to the facility. Life Tech must be ordered by the Board.

Overview

Prior to arriving at the center the incoming residents file including an ORAS assessment is reviewed.

Upon arrival, the resident undergoes an orientation process that includes a battery of testing, a review of probation/parole conditions and a review of the residential center conditions.

The testing provides an individual assessment for proper placement in training, educational and treatment programs. The resident receives a schedule of programs to attend and complete.

Treatment programs include Intensive Out Patient and Intensive Out Patient Programs.

The occupational training includes small engine repair, masonry, horticulture, electrical, welding and carpentry. GED is available on site as well as mental health treatment. Residents are offered hands on training in technical trades on site. Residents do work in areas of the center such as the kitchen and maintenance. Home passes and visitation are allowed during the program. Supervision fees are not required.

Life Tech does have its own Behavioral Response Matrix unique to the facility. Parole violators are held in the local county jail for parole violation hearings. Other violations are handled on site per Matrix guidelines. Upon completion residents do return to the field office in the county in which they live to complete the remainder of their supervision.

As of June 30, 2017, the tracked recidivism rate for the last 1118 graduates from the Life Tech facility was 11.9%.



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           Training

The Training Division is responsible for overseeing the Continuing Education of the agency's officers, as well as, the coordinating staff training. This division is responsible for maintaining records of agency employees and forwarding applications for Continuing Education Units (CEU) to the Alabama Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission to ensure that Officers maintain their law enforcement status. The training division notifies employees of up coming training opportunities, conducts new officer’s orientation and acts as the liaison to the Alabama Police Academies.

Annual Minimum CEUs for Probation Officers

The Alabama Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission requires that certified law enforcement officers in Alabama, complete 12 hours of continuing education annually. Board Policy requires that each Probation and Parole Officer assume the responsibility for completing and reporting continuing educations units/hours (CEUs) to the agency's division director of training, through their supervisor. The division director of training also reviews and recommends approval/disapproval to the executive director on officer requests for attendance in training sessions, oriented toward completing CEUs.

Officers route requests for CEU attendance to the division director of training through their immediate supervisor. Officers are responsible for reporting completed CEUs to the division director of training on a quarterly basis.

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