Alabama has a severe prison overcrowding problem. One way Governor Bentley has attempted to combat this issue is by unveiling a plan for new facilities. However, another route taken to reduce prison population is granting parole to prisoners. “Parole” is “the release of a prisoner temporarily or permanently before the completion of a sentence, on the promise of good behavior.” Prisoners are to present themselves as the best possible parole candidate, and the State of Alabama Board of Pardons and Parole’s form contains thirteen grounds for denying parole.
Prisoners can take measures to present themselves as the best candidate for parole, which fall into three broad categories. First, the applicant must strive for an almost non-existent prison and work release disciplinary record. Next, an applicant should participate in any rehabilitative programs available through the prison system. Finally, the applicant should provide a well-developed reentry plan including housing, continued rehabilitation, and employment plans. It is important to note that issues arise when the applicant is incarcerated for a serious offense, which stresses the point that applicants should seek assistance of counsel when applying for parole.
HOW THE MAXWELL FIRM CAN HELP
When applying for parole, having an advocate that cares is essential. Criminal cases require significant trial and appellate experience. We believe in our clients and we fight for justice. The Maxwell Law Firm has seasoned staff – from our attorneys to our investigators – and financial resources to aggressively defend such cases.
In a criminal case, it is especially important that a client finds an attorney they feel comfortable with, have confidence in, and can fully trust. There will come a time when you must develop an extensive parole package for the Board of Pardons and Parole. At that point, confidence and trust in your attorney is essential. Over the years, The Maxwell Law Firm has helped numerous criminally accused take back their lives and develop plans for reentry.