Parole Bureau Director Graddick has contentious exchange with lawmakers

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    Charlie Graddick has testy exchange with lawmakers

    Budget meeting reveals prisoners’ overall lack of preparedness for parole - AL Bugle
    Graddick, in particular, faced sharp questioning from legislators over a drop in paroles granted since he became director of the Bureau in September, as well as press releases from the bureau that detail the crimes of those going before the board that grant paroles.

    "I don’t believe it’s the Pardons and Parole Board’s job to retry every single case,” said Sen. Cam Ward, R-Alabaster, the chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee. “I think your job is to say, ‘What did you do, and are you going to be dangerous if you get out?’
    Alabama prison crisis hovers over Corrections, Pardons and Paroles budget requests


    You see that Cam is a Republcian, right? He's focused on the number 17 released because it's over populated but there isn't anyone to release. He understands that overpopulation is not Graddick's problem. He understands that Graddick doesn't have anything to do with the number of paroles granted. It simply means that Cam is ticked off that there is no mass release because of numbers. Cam doesn't give a rats ass about public safety. At all. He wants to shift that responsibility where it doesn't go. Cam is full of shit.
     
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    Rational people would agree on fixing overpopulation by identifying the lowest risk cases... REGARDLESS of whether they were eligible for parole...

    So these morons argue about CURRENT CANDIDATES up for parole because of the time they've served, but they are STILL pumping brand new "criminals" into the doors that got caught with weed or solicited a prostitute a couple times...

    That's why we NEED to spell out "justice reform" to these guys...
     
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    I don't think they are walking into the prison system for a blunt. I don't think they are going to prison for soliciting a prostitute. Of course, Alabama could have a vastly different set of circumstances that I don't know about.

    They got rid of the "low hanging fruit" and what they have now has not completed their treatment etc. in order to qualify. Public safety can't be determined by a number or because Cam is ticked off.
     
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    Don't think this an objective grading of parole systems because it FAILS about 75% of the states in the USA..

    BUT --- the criterion it uses is valuable in determining how accurate and fair the paroled system in any state might be.. It comes as a shock to most Americans that MOST parole boards dont' directly interview candidates and that the boards now have very little discretion in the process anyways...

    BOTH of those problems keep the prisons clog... And other issues with how we've turned parole boards into algorithm filters... NOT substantially independent thinkers or using their judgement on release....

    Grading the parole release systems of all 50 states
     
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    It's not objective. They have an agenda. In this particular state Graddick halted reviews for 3 months because they were not following policy. He took the position in September and it was a hot mess. The algorithm filters have about a 60% success rate.

    Newly-appointed Director of the Alabama Bureau of Pardons and Paroles, Judge Charlie Graddick, allowed hearings to resume on Nov. 5 after they were halted in September and October. He cited the agency’s lack of compliance with a new state law, HB380, regarding notification policies for the delays of 627 hearings.


    Graddick’s appointment came after a lengthy fight to restructure the ABPP after it was discovered that the board was putting violent offenders on the parole docket before they were eligible. WSFA 12 News uncovered this during a lengthy investigation into the board’s parole practices.

    Graddick said as the hearings restarted in early November that “inmates do not have an innate right to be paroled, they must earn such a privilege,” and cautioned the board to review the actions of violent offenders “very carefully.”
    17 denials cap first month of restarted Alabama parole hearings

    You can see who was denied parole in November in the above link. Not sure why one that had been in prison for about a year and given a 20 year sentence even came up for parole.

    Alabama does face to face interviews. Although, I'm going to be honest with you and this is how you know these clowns are full of it--anybody can sit there and say they are remorseful............but are they? At the same time they want to use algorithms to remove bias, they want the subjective face to face. Further, they absolutely should have the victims notified and, please note that this website is not using the words victim because that might make those coming up for parole look like............perpetrators and offenders. The prosecutors should be able to voice an opinion.

    Here are the 17 denied in January and several of them make Bobby Singleton look like a dingleberry for saying Graddick doesn't believe in second chances.
    Parole denied for 17 violent offenders in Alabama
     
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