House approves parole board changes, sentence minimums
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Following concern about the release of violent offenders, Alabama’s House of Representatives has approved legislation to give the governor more control of the state parole board.
Representatives voted 73-27 for the bill Thursday after contentious debate. It now moves to the Senate.
Under the bill, the governor would appoint the Parole Board director. It would also put into state law the sentence minimums that inmates must serve before becoming eligible for parole consideration.
Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall called the bill a first step in getting substantial revisions at the board.
Opposed lawmakers called the bill a power grab and expressed doubts that it would address problems.
Rep. Chris England said he hoped lawmakers will put the same fervor into sentencing reform measures later this year.