Alabama group addresses parole case backlog

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – State Board of Pardons and Paroles officials say they’ve made headway in clearing a months-long case backlog.

Despite the progress, board member Robert Longshore tells the Anniston Star that cutting down the backlog is unlikely to help the state address prison overcrowding. The newspaper reports the board had been hearing about 80 cases a day last year to address to backlog.

Longshore says one issue that held up many cases was a state law requiring victims of violent crimes to be present and speak during their offender’s hearing.

He says victims can be hard to find and some don’t respond to the board’s request for them to appear at hearings. The organization, Victims of Crime and Leniency, typically argues against releasing inmates if victims don’t appear for hearings.

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Information from: The Anniston Star

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