A man in a graduation cap looks through the arms of another man in a graduation outfit.

These former inmates got training and therapy. Pardons and Paroles wants to expand the model.

BY: - October 9, 2023

Friday was a momentous day for almost a dozen people in the Perry County Probation and Parole Reentry Education Program. It was the day they successfully completed a workforce training and rehabilitation program, earning them a chance to eventually return home to be with their loved ones. “I came here with the mindset that I […]

Ronald McKeithen speaks at a podium. A group of people and several trees can be seen behind him.

Criminal justice reform groups hold rally for habitual offender bill

BY: - April 19, 2023

Criminal justice reform advocates hosted a rally Wednesday at the Alabama State House for a bill to allow some people sentenced under the state’s Habitual Offender Felony Act to have their cases reviewed. HB 229, sponsored by Rep. Chris England, D-Tuscaloosa, would limit reviews to offenders who have not caused a physical injury and not […]

Coseen Smith, dressed in a suit, stands on a walkway with a sign saying "State of Alabama Pardons and Paroles Reporting Center" behind him.

Alabama Bureau of Pardons and Paroles turns to reentry program to reduce recidivism

BY: - April 18, 2023

Coseen Smith walked into the day reporting center sharply dressed, wearing a striped blue dress shirt with a gray formal jacket and black slacks, displaying self-ease and a quiet confidence. It gave no sign of his tumultuous past. Smith, 43, has spent much of his adult life cycling in and out of the criminal justice […]