31 Alabama probation, parole officers sworn in

31 Alabama probation, parole officers sworn in
The Alabama Bureau of Pardons and Paroles swore in 31 probation and parole officers on Jan. 4, 2021. (Source: Alabama Bureau of Pardons and Paroles)

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - The Alabama Bureau of Pardons and Paroles swore in its largest group in many years on Monday.

In his first swearing in ceremony, Director Cam Ward welcomed 31 probation and parole officers to the bureau.

“It is an honor to participate in this ceremony and witness the beginning of these officers’ careers,” Ward said in a statement.

The bureau says the new officers will help reach their reduced caseload goal of one officer per 75 offenders, allowing officers to monitor offenders more closely and maximize rehabilitation efforts.

Ward says he wants the bureau to stay focused on the reentry and rehabilitation for parolees and probationers. He say probation and parole officers are one of the key factors in helping offenders become productive members of society.

In its release, the bureau lists other rehabilitation methods it employs, such as its Special Populations division for education, behavioral and treatment programs, as well as the Alabama Certain Enforcement Supervision Program, Day Reporting Centers, Day and Reporting Center Lites.

The bureau says it has mental health professionals on staff and a team to help with the application and implementation of federal, state and local grants.

Click here to find out more about Special Populations and other programs at the Alabama Bureau of Pardons and Paroles.

Ward says he also plans to reopen LIFE Tech Transitional Center, which was previously scheduled to close. LIFE Tech is a residential intensive reentry and rehabilitation program for male offenders.

Since 2013, 2,344 offenders received access to opportunities through LIFE Tech, according to the Alabama Bureau of Pardons and Paroles.

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