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Alabama Law Passed Ordering Chemical Castration for Paroled Child Molesters

Noah : June 13, 2019 9:34 pm : Felon Rights, Front Page, Parole, Parole Conditions, State - Alabama

Alabama Governor Kay Ivey on Monday signed into law the chemical castration of child molesters as a condition of their parole. The new law goes into effect in September. 

Rep. Steve Hurst, R-Mumford, sponsored House Bill 379 which requires that anyone convicted of a sex offense against a child under 13 to receive prior to parole medication, “including, but not limited to, medroxyprogesterone acetate treatment or its chemical equivalent, that, among other things, reduces, inhibits, or blocks the production of testosterone, hormones, or other chemicals in a person’s body.” 

Public Health Officials are still reviewing the law to understand exactly how the process will work. 

The new law is a requirement for both male and female offenders who are approved for parole. The process would begin one month before release and continue until the court determines the treatment is no longer necessary. 

Offenders who remain in prison to serve the duration of their sentence are not required to take the medication. 

Rep. Hurst has advocated the legalization of sex-offender castration for several years. It has been a priority for him since joining the Alabama Legislature. His original proposal involved surgical castration. 

It is unclear how many sex-offender parolees would be required to seek treatment. The Alabama Department of Corrections and the Alabama Board of Pardons and Parole did not have estimates on the number of offenders who would qualify. 

The offender is required to pay for the cost of the treatment, however, fees will be waived for indigent offenders. A person will not be denied parole if he or she cannot afford chemical castration. 

Public Health Officer Scott Harris estimated the weekly injections and medication would run approximately $65 per dose.

A parolee who stops treatment will be in violation of their parole and will be returned to the Department of Corrections to finish their sentence. In addition, if the parolee intentionally stops the treatments, they will be guilty of a Class C felony.

The bill passed with a 71-16 approval in the House and 27-0 approval in the Senate.

Those who voted against the bill had concerns about the legality of the law and whether it violated their constitutional rights. 

In 1996, California passed a chemical castration law followed by Oregon in 2001 and Georgia in 2006.


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Tuscaloosa County DA Joins State Pardons and Parole Board

Noah : August 15, 2016 8:30 am : Front Page, Parole Board, State - Alabama

Tuscaloosa County District Attorney Lyn Head was appointed by Alabama Governor  Robert Bentley to the Alabama Board of Pardons and Parole.

Head will join the three-member board September 6th.

Head has served as Tuscaloosa's district attorney since her appointment in 2013.

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What Goes in A Parole Packet?

Noah : July 28, 2011 8:35 pm : Criminal Justice, Driving While Intoxicated, DWI, Felon Rights, Parole, Parole Packet, State - Alabama

Texas Parole Package

While the specifics of parole vary slightly from state to state, as a general rule the following items should be enclosed in an Alabama parole packet or when applying for parole in Alabama:

Letters of Reference or Support Letters – these let the parole board know something about the person applying for parole other than just what is contained in their file, most of which is written by the prison officials or the District Attorney who is responsible for sending them to prison in the first place.

Pictures – These should be of the offender and, if possible, members of their family. The pictures tend to humanize the applicant. In addition, often the only picture the parole board has to look at is the “mug shot” taken when the prisoner first enters the system.

Letter from Offender – This is important and is one of the more difficult items to draft since it needs to be both sincere and professional, answering in detail many of the questions the parole board member may be asking themselves when reviewing the file.

Awards and Certificates – The purpose of these is to show that at least some of the time spent in prison was used for a worthy purpose.

Alabama paroles are regulated by the rules of that state; however many of the items and concepts are the same no matter what state it is. There is an eBook, How to Prepare a Texas Parole Presentation Package, available for purchase and download at, which provides examples of a parole packet which can be adapted to Alabama with a few changes. While a lot of the book deals specifically with Texas, the examples of the packet make it a good value for all of the states.

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