Alabama Pardon and Parole Bureau looking to hire more than 100 new officers

Seal of AL Board of Pardons and Paroles (Source: WSFA)
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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WAFF) -- The Alabama Bureau of Pardons and Paroles is looking to hire 138 new officers over the next three years.

Pardon and Parole Director Charlie Graddick says he needs to hire more officers to lower the number of cases each officer is responsible for. He wants the ratio to fall to 75 cases per officer.

“Our number one priority is the safety of Alabamians,” Judge Graddick said. “Our officers supervise thousands of probationers and parolees, and we do not have enough officers to cover our caseload of offenders we are required to supervise. These officers serve the vital role of helping the protect the public while working to help former inmates successfully transition to productive and law-abiding lives. It is important that we put more officers into the field to do this vitally important work. This should help reduce recidivism rates too.”

Judge Graddick said the Bureau also needs to nearly double its number of specialist positions, from 66 to 128, over three years to reduce the paperwork burden on the officers to allow them to spend much more time supervising parolees and probationers.

The new officers are part of a legislative push from the Pardon and Parole Bureau.

The Bureau is pursuing legislation that, among other things, will allow for specialists to undertake much of the report writing, assessment functions, and court appearances statutorily assigned to officers so that officers can be freed up to be in the field supervising more efficiently and effectively.

The Bureau also is seeking to purchase more vehicles and other equipment for current officers.

If you’re interested in becoming a probation and parole officer you can find more information here.

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